Rangers icon Graeme Souness begs fans travelling to Seville for the Europa League final to ‘behave’ and avoid ‘trashy headlines which would damage us for a long, long time’ – after supporters RIOTED at their last European final in Manchester in 2008
- Graeme Souness has urged Rangers fans to behave themselves in Seville, Spain
- Supporters will descend on the city for the Europa League final on Wednesday
- The Gers will face German side Eintracht Frankfurt at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
- Rangers have not reached a major European final since the UEFA Cup in 2008
- That day in Manchester was marred by riots and disorder, with 39 fans arrested
- Club legend Souness begged fans to avoid ‘trashy headlines’ which ‘damage us’
Graeme Souness has urged Rangers supporters travelling to Seville to ‘behave themselves’ after crowd trouble marred their last European final in 2008.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final in the Spanish city on Wednesday, their first chance at a major continental trophy for 14 years.
And iconic former Gers player and manager Souness, speaking in a video posted on the club’s Twitter page for their 700,000 followers, begged fans not to repeat the scenes of riots and serious public disorder that unfolded in Manchester in 2008.
Graeme Souness (pictured) has urged Rangers supporters travelling to Seville to ‘behave themselves’ after crowd trouble marred their last European final, the UEFA Cup, in 2008
There were riots and serious crowd trouble in Manchester relating to that match 14 years ago
Under the caption: ‘Remember who you represent. Stay safe and enjoy the party. #UEL’, he said: ‘Hi guys, this is a message for everyone going to Seville. Go there, have a super time, support your team.
‘Our team has done incredibly well in getting there, when you think the journey we’ve been on for the last 10 years to be now playing in a serious European cup final, it’s a fantastic achievement. They’ve done their bit, now it’s your turn.
‘You have to turn up there, behave yourselves – have a party – but make sure you behave yourselves because you’re going there as an ambassador for our football club, our great football club, the great Glasgow Rangers.
Thousands of fans packed Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester but things quickly got ugly
A total of 39 fans were arrested after the final, with Judge Andrew Blake calling the scenes ‘the worst night of violence and destruction suffered by Manchester city centre since the Blitz’
‘You must go there and behave, otherwise we’ll get all the trashy headlines, which would damage us for a long, long time. Please go there and behave yourselves, have a super time.’
A total of 39 fans were arrested in Manchester in the wake of the final, which Walter Smith’s Light Blues eventually lost 2-0 against an Andrey Arshavin-inspired Zenit St Petersburg.
Judge Andrew Blake of Manchester Crown Court described the scenes as ‘the worst night of violence and destruction suffered by Manchester city centre since the Blitz’.