Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke says he faced “sectarian” abuse from the “shadowy ages” at some level of his facet’s 5-0 Scottish Cup final-16 replay defeat by Rangers.
Clarke said he used to be assured that “we do now not desire that in the west of Scotland to any extent further” when he used to be “approached by Rangers about taking the job” at Ibrox.
He added: “To call me a Fenian b******, the put are we residing? The shadowy ages?”
The Ayrshireman left St Mirren in 1987 to signal for Chelsea, returning to determine out over at Kilmarnock final October.
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“They receive no longer appear like allowed to call my assistant [Alex Dyer] a ‘black b’, nonetheless they can call me a Fenian b******. What are we doing in Scotland?” said an emotional Clarke, who used to be linked with Rangers final spring.
“I to find up every morning and thank Chelsea for taking me faraway from the west of Scotland because my children don’t stamp this.
“Fortunately when I spin down there my children receive no longer must disaster about this. It be aesthetic being support in the west of Scotland.”
Kilmarnock captain Kris Boyd said he used to be subjected to sectarian abuse at some level of Sunday’s sport with Celtic at Rugby Park.
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Ragged Scotland midfielder Michael Stewart on BBC Sportscene:
“Steve Clarke is a man of integrity and he receive no longer must hear to it. Nevertheless this might perhaps well well also be very disturbing to police it because what occurs if a complete stand is shouting sectarian abuse?
“If golf equipment are extreme about stamping it out, for me strict licensed responsibility is the ideal scheme we’re going to to find to the root motive in the support of the disaster. I do know it is turkeys balloting for Christmas nonetheless in a roundabout scheme the prize is basic bigger.
“Here’s a extensive nation we to find got bought here nonetheless we to find got bought a cancer and we to find got to designate it out.”
David Scott, Marketing campaign Director for anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth on Radio Scotland:
“It is disturbing to combat if you happen to don’t throw a punch. Scottish football has failed for generations to form out sectarian abuse.
“What we to find got seen, particularly – it must be said – from the Outmoded Firm golf equipment, is a total washing of arms the put they are saying ‘that is nothing to function with us, that is society’s disaster, we can’t resolve it’, the put folks assume they can spin to suits and behave in this kind.
“That you might perhaps no longer behave admire that in the place of work or in the neighborhood without sanction, so why will we enable this permissive ambiance? It is merely for the explanation that golf equipment and governing bodies receive no longer want the backbone, the bottle, the backbone to function one thing about it.”
‘The officers made up our minds the game. It be embarrassing’
Four dreams from Alfredo Morelos and yet another from Andy Halliday earned Rangers a quarter-final tie at Aberdeen.
Nevertheless, all nonetheless one among these dreams got here after the controversial 25th-minute dismissal of Kilmarnock goalkeeper Daniel Bachmannn after his elbow struck the head of Glen Kamara while making an strive ahead to a nook.
Clarke described the crimson card as a “joke” and “embarrassing” and that we “might perhaps perhaps well per chance as neatly spin dwelling” if that is the long-established of refereeing.
He additionally railed against Alan Muir’s failure to award his facet a second-minute penalty after Joe Worrall grappled with Eamonn Brophy.
“The officers made up our minds the game. It be embarrassing,” Clarke said. “If the penalty had been given in the first two minutes it would were diverse.
“And the crimson card is a joke. The goalie factual lifted his arms. Every goalie does it every week. It be embarrassing. If that is the requirements we might perhaps perhaps well per chance as neatly spin dwelling.
“Why talk? It be every week. How can I pronounce about football tonight?”