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The Catholic Church has criticised Scottish prosecutors for cautioning a Celtic goalkeeper who crossed himself during a match against Rangers.
Artur Boruc was cautioned for a breach of the peace over the incident at an Old Firm match at Ibrox in February.
The Catholic Church called it "worrying and alarming" as the sign of the cross was a "gesture of religious reverence".
However, the Crown Office said the decision was based on the player's behaviour, rather than a single act.
The rivalry between Glasgow clubs Rangers and Celtic - known collectively as the Old Firm - is historically tied up in religion.
Celtic were formed in 1888 by Irish Catholic immigrants who began emigrating to the West of Scotland in the 1840s and their descendants.
Rangers, who were formed in 1873, have always been perceived as "the Protestant club" and Celtic "the Catholic club".
Up until 1989, when Mo Johnston signed for them, Rangers had never fielded a high-profile Catholic player.
I can't help but think that you may have missed the point.
but it's basically a spill over from the Northern Ireland religious divide.
My point really, was that this guy, regardless of situation, was cautioned by police for making a religious gesture,
Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc was cautioned for inciting an Old Firm crowd rather than for blessing himself, the Crown Office has stressed.
In a statement issued on Monday, it said the "very limited" action had been taken against the player for gesticulating at the Rangers support.
He had also blessed himself in the incident during the Ibrox match.
But the Crown Office stressed it would not take action against individuals for "acts of religious observance".
Artur Boruc was cautioned for inciting an Old Firm crowd
Originally posted by stalkingwolf
Again , what actions constituted the " inciting"? There was video mentioned but
seems to be illusive.
Well as has been said before there are muppets on either side who claim to be supporters but show their real colours in such a case as this...Hopefully as time goes by these people can be reduced hopefully leaving the real supporters left to enjoy the game.