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SBD Global/March 18, 2013/International Football
Scottish Clubs Celtic, Rangers Accused Of Padding Attendance Reports
Published March 18, 2013
PERCEPTION AND REALITY: In Edinburgh, Tom English opined "to suggest that Celtic and Rangers are more alike than many of their supporters would ever care to imagine is to subject yourself to a social media fatwa -- but it’s the truth." All season, we have "marvelled at the phenomenal crowds that have piled into Ibrox." Turns out that the numbers "have been tweaked somewhat." In its 11 home games from the beginning of the season to the end of January, Rangers officially recorded a combined attendance of 515,250 when in fact it was 407,909. Celtic’s official crowd figures "have been the source of much comedy this season, their certified numbers telling you one thing and the naked eye telling you quite another." In their first 13 home league games this season, Celtic said that a total of 597,391 attended Parkhead when the amount given to the police was 437,990 (SCOTSMAN, 3/17).