Boy, 12, charged in connection with football match racism

Alfredo Morelos was allegedly targeted by racist abuse

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A 12-year-old boy has been charged in connection with an alleged racism incident at a Rangers-Celtic match in Glasgow, according to Police Scotland.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was reportedly involved in racist chants directed at a Rangers player during the Scottish Premiership game in December last year.

Though police have not named the player who was allegedly targeted, Rangers FC has released a statement linking the incident to 23-year-old forward, Alfredo Morelos.

Superintendent Mark Sutherland said: “Abuse of any form is completely unacceptable and Police Scotland will continue to rigorously investigate any reports of abuse we receive and bring those responsible before the relevant authorities.

“We'd remind the public that, as the person charged is below the age of 18, he cannot be named or identified for legal reasons as per the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.”

Following the charge, Rangers said racism or any other type of abuse “must never be condoned or dismissed”.

The club added that it would be “more than happy” to enrol the suspect on one of its courses that aims to educate people about the impact of racist and sectarian abuse.

Rangers also hit out at the “deeply disturbing attitude” of sections of the media, accusing the Scottish press of “dismissing or trivialising” the abuse claims surrounding Mr Morelos, who is Columbian.

It said: “If enough of our media had been of a mind to treat the issue with the gravity required from the outset, as normally happens with these issues, there would have been none of the dismissive comments which have helped pollute social media, newspapers and broadcast platforms.

“[Mr Morelos] has been described as a waster, a cheat, an angry brat and one columnist/pundit actually wrote that if you can’t take the vitriol you are in the wrong city.

“The implication seems to be that the fault lies not with those who choose racism and abuse, but with a young immigrant who chose to come to our country.”

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