The silence from Hampden is deafening.
We are 24 hours after yesterday’s game which is now the subject of a police investigation due to the racist and sectarian chanting that went on from the Ibrox fans, and the governing bodies have not uttered a word.
When Ibrox itself was recently the scene of numerous objects being thrown onto the pitch, the SFA distinguished itself by its utter cowardice in the face of it. They used all the ancient excuses; that clubs don’t want them to act, that the regulations which some want in place won’t work, that clubs do all they can to prevent this kind of thing.
But that game happened in an SPFL tournament.
This one was in their own flagship competition. This one happened on their doorstep, inside their own stadium, and not one word has been uttered about it. This is beyond cowardly. This is complicity.
Graham Spiers had a go at the club and its officials online, and until the news of the police inquiry broke he was one of the few who even mentioned the singing.
One Ibrox site has made the disgusting claim that it is only being highlighted because of the result … I cannot express enough my contempt for anyone who would write such obvious claptrap in the face of a serious issue.
We won at Ibrox and this site and others highlighted every moment of their shame.
When a website on their side indulges in such flagrant deflection instead of having the guts to confront the problem, that’s only part of what got us here. The media’s silence, for the whole of this campaign as the volume of these songs has gotten louder and louder and louder is another reason for it.
But above all of that is the SFA itself.
The governing body does not want to govern.
The governing body does not want to act.
Until clubs are docked points, or face heavy fines, or stand closures or stadium bans this will go on and on and on.
This will not stop.
If they had a yard of guts, if they cared about the reputation of the game, they would ban this club’s supporters from the final … but that would involve actually taking some shred of responsibility and they do not want to do it.
How much more of this is this country going to tolerate?
Where is the Scottish Government on it?
Football has no intention of getting its house in order, and although there have been threats by the legislature they don’t seem interested in taking the matter out of football’s hands … but it is getting to the point where someone has to do something.
Most important, of course, is to point out the elephant in the room; this is the behaviour of one club’s supporters, just one, a support which is immersed in hatred and bile and bigotry.
And until people are willing to start from that point and take it from there everything else is purely and simply pissing in the wind.
Spiers has the balls to confront it directly, and even as Police Scotland make it clear whose fans are in the dock the rest of his profession continues to hide along with the Hampden suits who are equally committed to doing nothing.