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BBC Scotland's Asad Ahmad reports
"Some fans were less than satisfied with the club's condemnation of Lorenzo Amoruso"
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Tuesday, 14 December, 1999, 21:13 GMT
Fan's fear over 'racism at Rangers'

Ibrox The fan sought action over terrace taunts


An Asian Glasgow Rangers fan, who said he experienced racist abuse at the club's ground, has blamed officials for doing little to stop the problem.

He said the club's failure to openly reprimand the team's captain for racially abusing a black player last week has sent the wrong message to supporters.

The fan, who has asked not to be named, said he was now looking for an apology from the club and a commitment to stamp out the problem.


Asian fan Supporter did not want to be named
Otherwise, he said he would demand a refund for his season ticket from the club's chairman, David Murray.

The supporter said the level of racist abuse dramatically increased at last weekend's Scottish Premier League fixture against Kilmarnock.

This followed a midweek Uefa Cup match when captain Lornenzo Amoruso denied and then admitted making racist comments to Borussia Dortmund's Nigerian player Victor Ipkeba.

The supporter said some supporters made racist comments in support of Amoruso's outburst on Saturday.

He began to fear for his safety and approached a steward to request that they deal with the problem, but was met with a blank response.

The supporter said: "I think the way the club treated the thing with Amoruso made a lot of the fans feel it would be all right for them to say the same things.

'I did feel intimidated'

"For once I did feel intimidated by what was going on and it made me feel really angry with the way the stewards treated the whole situation."

In response, Rangers advised any supporter who heard racist chanting to approach a steward or the police who would then decide whether or not to eject the individual from the stadium.

The club said it has a policy of launching inquiries into incidents where supporters have been abusive, with a view to banning them individual for life.

It said any abusive chanting would not be tolerated.

However, in an earlier statement, Mr Murray said "racist chanting happens everywhere" and "this was only one person who complained".

When asked what the club would do about the chanting, he replied: "What do you expect us to do?"

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