Uefa to investigate Rangers over fans' behaviour in Europe

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Next week the European Parliament will pass a resolution in Strasbourg demanding that Uefa backs new guidelines for referees who want to tackle racism. Clubs or countries whose supporters, players or officials persistently commit racist offences risk being thrown out of competitions under the plan.

As well as the problems with chanting, Villarreal are also being investigated for their lack of organisation and violations of Uefa security instructions. The Spanish club, however, blame the Scots after their team bus was attacked prior to the 1-1 draw at the El Madrigal Stadium. A Villarreal spokesman said: "Rangers fans broke a window on the team bus when the players were still on board. It was a frightening experience for them, thankfully no one was injured."

Rangers have already criticised security arrangements for the game. With 15,000 Rangers fans travelling to Spain and only 3,000 tickets officially allocated, thousands gained admission to the home end, and the Rangers safety chief Lawrence McIntyre said: "All my worst fears came true. There was poor stewarding and the police were taken by surprise."

Rangers bowed out of the competition on the away-goals rule, following a 2-2 draw at Ibrox in the first leg. McIntyre added: "There was an excess of fans for the stadium and people without tickets and there was some crushing. The infrastructure for a match of this magnitude was not good enough. There were no serious injuries but people were traumatised. Experienced Rangers travellers said they have never seen anything like it."

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