This evening it was announced that a police investigation into alleged offensive chanting by members of the Armed Forces at a Rangers match has resulted in no prosecutions.
Police Scotland and the Army confirmed they had launched investigations into the match that took place on September 28.
A police spokeswoman said as follows:
“Following a full inquiry by Police Scotland, a report on the circumstances was submitted to the procurator fiscal and the military. At this time the inquiry is completed. However, if new information does come to light, it will of course be acted upon.”
The armed forces day at Ibrox at the end of last month was a huge success and enjoyed by both the Military and fans alike. The Game opened with 2 royal marines abseiling down the front of Ibrox’ Govan stand. to then hand the match ball to the referee to begin the game. The atmosphere was great, as the military took to the pitch at half time, and were clapped as they toured round the pitch .
This seemed to be enjoyed by all until later when the complaints started coming in from a certain group of people, about No Surrender flags that armed forces had held and there were accusations of singing about IRA paramilitary Bobby Sands, who died on hunger strike while in prison, by the members of the armed forces.It was not hard to guess who these complaints had come from, with the perpetually offended fans from the other side of the city. They had moaned previously about the armed salute held at Ibrox on remembrance Sunday so it was not really a surprise that they were again up in arms.
Hopefully now this mess can all be put to bed and people can get on with their lives without fear of reprisals.
An MoD spokeswoman said around 400 members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force across Scotland took part in the day at Ibrox, which involved the half time parade as well as the Armed Forces having stalls outside Ibrox.
She added: “As far as we are concerned, Rangers want to carry on with them (the Armed Forces Days) and we want to carry on being a part of them.”
This is welcoming news as we owe our armed forces a debt of gratitude and to be able to repay that in some way is heart-warming for all Rangers fans. We look forward to many more armed forces day at Ibrox in the future. It is unlikely that there will be any front page headlines reporting this, unlike previously when the media were falling over themselves to report bad news about Rangers fans. In my opinion people are way too quick to jump on the offended bandwagon.