Some Rangers fans decided to have a riot last night after a TV screen broke down prior to the start of the UEFA Cup Final in Manchester.
The BBC have quoted a couple of Rangers fans, starting with this…person:
This is absolutely ridiculous – there’s Rangers fans throwing bottles and cans at each other because the game’s not on.
We’ve been sat here since 12 o’clock waiting on the game coming on. The coverage started at seven o’clock and then five minutes later the game’s off.
It’s an absolute shambles, shame on Manchester, shame on Manchester – it’s let the country down.
Yes that’s right, shame on Manchester. Manchester has let the country down. The Rangers fans who were “throwing bottle and cans at each other” haven’t done anything wrong, it’s Manchester’s fault.
Then there was this little gem:
The people of Manchester have been fantastic – but the officials behind this are a total disgrace.
Some people are really angry. They’ve spent a lot of money – maybe £4,000 to £5,000 – to come down here for this.
Let’s get a little perspective here people. Manchester council weren’t obliged to put these screens up for the “estimated 100,000” Rangers fans who decided to descend on Manchester without a ticket. Should the screen have gone wrong? Of course it shouldn’t, and if I’d spent up to five grand to stand in a city square to watch the game on such a screen then I’d not be too happy either, but that doesn’t excuse some of the behaviour that followed it.
And on that point, how on earth has someone spent that much to get to Manchester? You can fly from Australia for less than a grand these days…