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Rangers in danger of UEFA punishment over sectarian chants

Rangers FC will be investigated by a UEFA committee after claims that there was sectarian singing during a recent Europa League match. Reports of sectarianism were made when Rangers drew 0-0 with PSV Eindhoven in last month's Europa League clash at Ibrox and the matter will now be taken up by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Committee.

The Glasgow giants have been fined on three occasions since 2006 for similar incidences - all of which will be taken into consideration when the UEFA committee look further into the matter.

UEFA match delegate Geir Thorsteinsson noted that there was sectarian chanting during the game against their Dutch opponents and this will be taken into account as Europe's governing body puts 'Gers under the microscope.

A UEFA spokesman said: "There is a disciplinary case open against Rangers. It will be discussed on April 28 by the control and disciplinary committee."

Rangers chief Martin Bain hopes that a small group of fans don't ruin European football for everyone else with bans for away games likely to take place if they are found guilty.

"As a club we have been saying to the minority for sometime now they are going to ruin it for everyone," he said.

"We would have liked them to go away, but they haven't. Now there is a possibility sanctions could be imposed.

"I am not going to defend anyone who is singing sectarian songs, absolutely not.

"What I am going to defend, very vigorously, is what the club has done in trying to eradicate the problem. UEFA have commended us, they know the hard work we've been doing and continue to do.

"We have done more than any club in Europe to eradicate the problem of sectarianism."

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