There are two interconnected problems:This in spades.
That lot are delighted when they see these banners and hear the chants. Our fans are literally doing their job for them.
We should have wisened up to this in 2005.
A) The own goals scored by our support
B) The unwillingness of the board and potential allies in politics to fight on the club’s behalf.
Few politicians want to wade in when they run the risk of being portrayed as siding with ‘bigots’.
Just look at the wasted opportunities over the past few years to redress the balance:
- the recent report showing that 30-40% of pupils at RC schools had strong sectarian attitudes
- state and local government aid being syphoned towards Celtic while Rangers have been denied a fanzone
- the collapsed effigies case
- a government survey showing that the public believed ‘hun’ was at least as offensive as ‘Fenian’
The only way out is a two-pronged approach where the club takes action against supporters who let it down but is also prepared to speak out very forcefully on issues where we are being attacked at a political level.