(Or “Is Bill Ng a “fit and proper person” to own Rangers?”)
Bill Ng, who is fronting a S’porean consortium’s bid for troubled Glasgow Rangers, is right to be wary of the syndicate being tipped by the media as the front-runner to win the bid for Rangers
As footie fans will know, Scottish footie is very nationalistic. There are also very serious undertones of sectarianism, racism (interesting distinction between racism and racial discrimination discussed here) and violence. So last yr’s brawl involving Hougang United and Bill Ng’s subsequent comments could count against the consortium because it could give rabid nationalists and racists an excuse to demand rejection of the bid on the ground that Bill Ng would not be a “fit and proper” owner of Rangers despite the tradition of violence among the club’s fans.
In May last yr, match officials were forced to abandon the tie between hosts Hougang United and defending champions Etoile FC before kick-off, after players from both teams started fighting during the warm-up session. Witnesses MediaCorp spoke to said the scenes resembled a gang fight, with players chasing each other and some rushing onto the terraces.
Bill Ng, the chairman of Hougang, said he was angry and would conduct an internal investigation.
Anyway, for bringing the game into disrepute both clubs were fined S$10,000, with S$5,000 suspended so long as they steer clear of trouble this year. They were also docked five points each.
Ng said Hougang would not let the matter rest, claiming the fine imposed on the club and points deducted were unfair. The “evidence … is not concrete” and the FAS disciplinary committee failed to take into account the actions of club officials to diffuse the matter. He also grumbled that the disciplinary actions would make it difficult to attract new sponsors.
Hell’s bells, whatever the provocation, his players were brawling. Surely that is wrong?