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Rangers’ fans who abused Celtic’s Furuhashi get indefinite ban

Kyogo Furuhashi

 

Rangers have identified the fans responsible for chanting a racist song about Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhashi and have indefinitely banned them from attending matches.

Rangers launched an investigation on Sunday after footage emerged on social media and the Scottish champions have confirmed it is now complete.

“The individuals involved have been identified and will be banned indefinitely from all Rangers games,” read a club statement released on Monday.

“Furthermore, the RSC (Rangers Supporters Club) of which they were members and travelled with to the game, have been banned from receiving tickets for future fixtures.”

“Police Scotland is aware of a video circulating on social media and officers are liaising with the club to make relevant enquiries,” read a statement.

Celtic tweeted on Sunday night to condemn the “sickening and pathetic” footage, adding they would provide Furuhashi with their “full support”.

“If reports are accurate then such sickening and pathetic racist behaviour directed towards Kyogo Furuhashi deserves absolute condemnation,” the tweet said.

“As a club open to all, we stand firmly against racism in all its forms and we will give Kyogo our full support. All stakeholders must work together in tackling all forms of bigotry.”

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Furuhashi sent a tweet on Monday, which read: “I’ll never walk alone #notoracism”.

The 26-year-old joined Celtic from Japanese side Vissel Kobe this summer and scored a hat-trick on his home debut against Dundee earlier this month.

Head coach Ange Postecoglou, who signed Furuhashi earlier this summer, said: “To be honest, it saddens me a lot because I’m the one who’s brought him over.

“I spent three-and-a-half years in Japan, and I was a foreigner, and I was welcomed with open arms over there.

“I know how polite and respectful the Japanese people were, and I’m the one who brought Kyogo here. I’m sure his experience is the extreme opposite of what’s been portrayed in the last 48 hours.

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Ange Postecoglou feels sorry for Furuhashi, who he signed for Celtic after becoming head coach earlier this summer

“I’ve been talking to him and he loves being here, he loves the city, he loves the way everyone’s embraced him.

Rangers are set to host Celtic in the first Old Firm game of the season on Sunday at Ibrox.

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