Soccer / Rangers in dock over Palestinian protest vs. Haifa
During last week's Glasgow-Haifa game, a protester, draped in a Palestinian flag and wearing a Pope John Paul II T-shirt, ran the length of the pitch and handcuffed himself to a goalpost.
UEFA, soccer's governing body in Europe, announced over the weekend that the Glasgow Rangers will be brought up before a disciplinary committee next month over an incident during the UEFA Cup match against Maccabi Haifa last week.
During the game, a protester, draped in a Palestinian flag and wearing a Pope John Paul II T-shirt, ran the length of the pitch and handcuffed himself to a goalpost.
According to British newspaper, The Independent, "[Rangers] will be investigated not only for the security breach, but because fans hurled missiles."
UEFA said the incident was included in the referee's match report and that a disciplinary hearing will take place on December 7. A fine is the most probable outcome, but because Rangers were fined 13,000 euro in April for crowd trouble, a tougher sanction is also possible.
The protester, Sean Gallagher, 21, appeared in court after being accused of breach of the peace, aggravated by racial and religious prejudice, and of resisting arrest. Gallagher denied both charges and was released on bail until a further hearing next year. Defense lawyer Ross Yuill said: "There's a political background in relation to this matter as opposed to a football-related background. This is not related to football."
Gallagher was released on condition he does not attend any soccer match in the United Kingdom until his next court appearance on February 23.