A Rangers fan was thrown out of yesterday’s UEFA Cup clash with Maccabi Haifa for waving a Palestinian flag.
22-year-old Kashif Khaliq, an Ibrox regular for 6 years, was escorted out by a police officer at half-time. His complaints that Israeli flags were also being waved fell on deaf ears.
“I first brought the flag out after Rangers scored in the fifth minute. One of the fans nearby complained so I put it away in my pocket.
“Thirty minutes into the match another supporter came from further up the stand and shouted “Why the f*** were you waving that flag, it’s against our beliefs.”
“At half time I was taken out of the stands by a police officer who told me I had to leave because I had the flag. I protested that other fans were waving Israeli flags, but he said that they couldn’t do anything about it.
“I feel angry that I wasn’t even given the opportunity to stay in the ground with just the flag being confiscated. I was separated from my friends who were then left behind wondering what had happened to me.”
Strange affiliations at Ibrox, as Mick Napier of the SPSC said:
"We strive to prevent the Palestinian issue being mapped on to the lingering sectarian stupidity of Scotland. Especially so, when the entire Christian community of Palestine, of all denominations, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, are equally victims of Israel’s remorseless ethnic cleansing as much as their Muslim neighbours."