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Rangers must pay fine and cost of damage in Romania

Rangers have been fined 18,000 pounds and ordered to pay the cost of damage to the Steaua Stadium as a result of the conduct of their fans during the Champions League match against Unirea Urziceni in Romania last week. Unirea Urziceni have been fined £7,195 for lack of organisation at the same match.

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain had claimed the trouble was triggered by poor organisation at the Steaua Stadium and over-zealous policing.

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain revealed his displeasure at the fine and reiterated his anger at the "moronic conduct" of the small minority of fans who were involved in the disturbances, but said the club will not appeal the punishment.

"It is extremely disappointing for both Rangers and the overwhelming majority of our supporters to see the club receive a fine of £18,000 from UEFA and suffer the consequences of the actions of those who took part in the disorder in Bucharest," he said.

"The moronic conduct of these individuals was wholly unacceptable and flies in the face of what we stand for as a football club. We will not appeal today's decision.

"It is particularly frustrating in view of the fact that many people at this club work very hard to ensure supporters travelling to support the team abroad are safe and can enjoy the occasion.

"Our official supporters groups have also tried to encourage sporting behaviour by all fans however their efforts are undermined by people who call themselves Rangers fans but have only their own mindless interests at heart.

"We do not want these people at our matches.

"We appreciate the fact that the UEFA match delegate said in his report that, apart from this incident, the behaviour of the majority of Rangers supporters in Bucharest was satisfactory.

"The club made strong representations to UEFA regarding the wholly unsatisfactory crowd management prior to the match and UEFA has addressed this.

"As we have made clear, this in no way excuses the violent behaviour of some fans.

"The club will consider the implications of today's judgment from UEFA and will discuss issues arising from it with our supporters' representatives."

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