24 August 2005

Rangers fans get ferry foot ban


There was trouble between Rangers and Celitc fans on the ferry

Stena Line has banned Glasgow Rangers supporters travelling as foot passengers from its sailings between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The ferry company said it had taken the decision following trouble involving supporters on a sailing on Saturday.

Trouble broke out as Rangers and Celtic fans returned from an Old Firm derby match, which Rangers won 3-1.

Jim McGreevey, whose mother was on board, said that she had been terrified by the sectarian behaviour.

"The supporters, they weren't even singing football songs, it was about killing Catholics, and named Catholics that have been shot dead," he told BBC radio's Nolan Show.

"Then one of the Stena Line staff came down and asked them to be quiet, this seemed to up the ante and they just got out of control."

The ban will cause problems for Rangers fans tonight as the team is due to play in a Champions League qualifier in Glasgow.

Stena Line said the ban is beginning immediately but would not affect those who travel with clubs most of which travel by bus and are registered.

The ban will only apply to individuals or small groups who are not registered as clubs and travel as foot passengers.

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