The controversy surrounding Rangers fans and their Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville last Wednesday continues.
Rangers are in dialogue with UEFA and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) over the treatment of their fans at the stadium and also the facilities at the stadium.
We reported in the build-up to the game on the behaviour and violent clashes of both Frankfurt and Rangers fans.
However, it is now the appalling conditions which Rangers fans were allegedly subjected to on the night of the final that have come into question.
On Twitter, Rangers fans who there that night gave an insight into the unsavoury conditions and cruel treatment from police officers.
Hola bears, I’m writing a piece on the shocking conditions within the stadium last night. If you were there, I’d love to hear what you encountered
— Derek Clark (@derekclarksport) May 19, 2022
The issue main appeared to be the lack of water at the ground. Considering that the temperature was close to 40 degrees, a large supply of water should have been a majority priority.
However, according to those in the stadium, the bottled water ran out very early. This forced some fans to find plastic cups on the ground and from bins and use tap water from the toilets.
Below are some of the claims made on Twitter by Rangers fans.
“I was physically pinned up to a wall by kiosk staff and was repeatedly threatened after I asked for a bottle of water. I think uefa should look into this and arrange a replay for the final.”
“I had to beg for two empty water bottles from a steward. My 11 year old was feeling faint, I pleaded with another steward who said they didn’t care and it wasn’t their fault. I ended up being given one from a disabled rangers support and I returned it to them after the wee man.”
“I literally had to climb into an empty kiosk and distribute 200+ bottles of water to Rangers fans. Some would call it stealing, but needs must. It was an absolute shambles. People having to take dirty plastic cups out of bins and fill them with tap water in the toilet.”
“Battery packs removed, small toiletries binned, kettling fans, heavy handed searches. Get into the stadium to find 1 kiosk open, ran out of change (no card payments), ran out of water ~90 mins before KO. No food. Players ended up handing out water. Folk fainting. Wild.”
“As most of us tried to get water out the sinks. Police handed water out among themselves and wouldn’t give any to fans begging for it. To be slightly positive the stewards we had were excellent very friendly and helpful but were overruled by police when they tried to help us.”
It is hard to believe in this day and age that such shocking conditions could exist at such a prestigious match.