Scottish fans

I start from the premise that people who go to sporting events should be able to do so in safety.

Last Thursday two men were stabbed close to Ibrox Stadium.

Both of them are Croatian nationals and they were there for the match between Sevco and Osijek.

The stabbings took place amid scenes of serious public disorder close to Sevco’s dilapidated arena.

Apparently, the local Police believe that “Scottish fans” might be the prime suspects in the stabbings.

Here is how the local media reported the incident.

Apparently the term “Rangers fans” is totally verboten under such circumstances.

Edmiston Drive is, of course, the address of Ibrox Stadium.

Therefore, that also makes the violence the business of UEFA.

I have contacted their media office to ascertain whether or not this crowd trouble was included in the Match Delegate’s report.

I will publish their reply here when I receive it.

Moreover, I offer the following as a peek into the Ibrox belief system and I do so without any editorialising.

For the avoidance of doubt, I do hope that the authorities are able to narrow down their search from all Scottish fans and catch the person or persons responsible for these crimes.

In the same week, Aberdeen fans did their club proud when they travelled to Burnley in substantial numbers to support their club.

They’re Scottish too.

I rather suspect that if there had been crowd trouble in the first leg within a short distance of Pittodrie then Police Scotland would not have included all of the Fitba fans of Fair Caledonia as potential suspects.

Last weekend a mass brawl broke out near Glasgow Central Station after a pre-season friendly between the Engine Room Subsidiary and Wigan.

Those poor Scottish fans just can’t catch a break.