“I was informed today”- Phil Mac exposes SFA’s inadequacies in dealing with Ibrox sectarianism

We all heard it last Sunday.

Hell, the whole world heard it. The sectarian bile emanating from the Hampden stands as our game was embarrassed once more from the Ibrox hoards and their ‘celebrations’.

But what was stark, and Phil Mac Ghiolla Bháin hit the nail on the head, was the lack of the same kind of celebrations when they defeated Braga in the Europa League.

Because they knew there would be repercussions. They knew financial penalties and/or stadium closures would be forced upon them should they repeat those same incidents of the last couple of years.

And how do we know no such singing took place? Phil emailed UEFA and asked.

Here is what he had to say in his latest blog, “After the match against Braga at Ibrox, I enquired whether or not the match delegate had recorded any instances of discriminatory singing from the Ibrox crowd.

“I was informed no such incidents were reported.

“Compare and contrast then with what went down at Hampden with exactly the same set of fans.

“Collectively they know that the Scottish Football Association, unlike UEFA, will not take any action against them, no matter what song is sung.”

And therein in lies the problem with tackling it in this country.

The SFA are spinless. They can’t face dealing with the wrath from the Ibrox fans as they know it is easier to turn a blind eye to it than face this issue head on.

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