April 12 – Police in Scotland are investigating “threatening” messages sent to the referee who took charge of the Rangers-Celtic derby over Easter.
Kevin Clancy was criticised for his performance in Celtic’s 3-2 win leading to a host of abusive messages, including a number of death threats.
The Scottish Football Association said it had “referred a significant volume of threatening and abusive emails to Police Scotland after personal and professional contact details” of the referee were published online.
“We are investigating alleged threatening communications which were reported to us by the SFA today,” Police Scotland said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Clancy was lambasted after Celtic’s win moved the Scottish league leaders 12 points clear at the top of the table. Rangers manager Michael Beale complained afterward that the referee got two major decisions wrong.
But the club condemned the threats made to Clancy. “We are all passionate about our game, but targeted, personal abuse of referees cannot be tolerated,” Rangers said.
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