The events of Saturday shook the very core of Scottish media, social media and football fanbase. The absolute carnage witnessed was on a scale never been seen before on Scottish soil by it’s own citizens.
The media outcry, although long overdue, is more than welcome but for me, it doesn’t go far enough. This argument of a ‘minority of fans’ that have been the cause of the troubles is a fabled argument. There have been many instances of this kind of behaviour amongst the Rangers fans and not just in the annuls of history.
From Manchester, Romania, Hampden and now these two George Square instances, this is not a ‘minority’. This is deep rooted, self entitlement on a grand scale. The cry of “We are the People” is just the start of where these fans see themselves. But sticking solely to the events of Saturday, these scenes were a disgrace, but not unexpected.
This was planned since March. The police knew it, the Scottish Government knew it. Everyone knew it. Systematic failures to prevent this rather than pander to the Rangers fans act as enablers for their behaviour. But be clear. This is not a minority. Don’t take my word for it though.
Here is a paramedic that called Clyde 1 Superscoreboard and gave his account of what he witnessed on Saturday and listening to him, you can hear the incredulity at what he was subjected to, “First I would like to commend Alex Rae on his stance on the carnage of Saturday night on the basis he is probably the only one from what you would say the Rangers faction that has been outspoken.
“I was actually a paramedic serving on Saturday evening and it’s the first time I’ve ever been involved in anything of that scale. I had a basically a new start with me of four months on the job. She is actually due to be back out again on Sunday. And basically, how traumatised she was, she couldn’t commit to the shift.
“This whataboutery about it only being a small minority, that has to stop. We have seen it far too often. Even as a Thistle fan myself, we can draw a reflection on other clubs in Scotland but never has there ever been anything witnessed in any city in Scotland that we witnessed on Saturday night.
“I fear it echo’s back to Manchester. What did we learn from that experience? Because here we are all, these years later, and it’s exactly the same script. The small minority excuse is an absolute disgrace. The level of abuse we took. We were basically spat on, the sectarian language we endured from the moment the Rangers fans arrived in George Square right through to half past one in the morning.
“Even to the degree that the colour of a uniform is getting brought up using the F word to describe in a religious connotation what we were. These are the type of knuckle draggers that we had to deal with.
“To be treated like that in the middle of a global pandemic, when we are front line workers and to stand and endure that level of abuse. And to witness the police have bottles thrown at them for at least four hours solid, there’s just no excuse for it.”
A truly shocking account which left the pundits speechless. So lets do everyone a favour. Call it out. Stop pandering and maybe, just maybe, we can all move forward as a country and eradicate this sectarian cancer from our society.