The Daily Record’s political editor today published information obtained from the Scottish Government by a Freedom of Information Request, where Police Scotland note Newco “actively engaged” supporters to break lockdown rules in March this year.
Following Newco’s game with St Mirren on 6 March, Police Scotland received assurances from Newco that they would encourage fans to stay at home. The Police memo stages, “Whilst assurances were given this did not materialise.”
The Police go on to stage Newco made “numerous statements encouraging celebration, including from the manager (Steven Gerrard).”
“Both the Manager and players actively engaged from within the stadium with fans gathered in disgraceful displays of encouragement, in solid opposition to the public safety issues arising, to their responsibilities given the privileges under which football operates, and to the commitments they had made around public communications.”
The Government should have acted on this information in March. Football privileges were being actively flouted by one club but it took further incidents this month before Nicola Sturgeon felt it necessary to take on Newco. This is in stark contrast to her grabbing the mic. when Celtic followed her own rules during their trip to Dubai.
You will see not contrition from Newco. Instead, they will deflect and distract. Let them sink in their own sewage.
Gangster clubs operate across Europe. They stir-up identity sentiment among brutish fans and intimidate politicians who need to fish in the same identity waters. It takes brave political leadership to stop the rot.