Rangers and Aberdeen supporters teams got themselves involved in a vicious Sunday League brawl with footage going viral across social media.
The amateur match which is bizarrely claimed to have taken place in London – descended into ugly scenes as punches and kicks were thrown at the footballers.
The footage shows a Gers player hitting one of the Aberdeen lads, and then some of his other teammates also lashed out, using their fists to punch their opponents.
One Aberdeen player can be seen plummeting to the deck after having a kick come towards his face. Others played are spotted in the clip bleeding from their head.
bounce game between Rangers supporters club n Aberdeen supporters club ? pic.twitter.com/anQOdKKPPb
— Happening ? (@witzHappening) September 20, 2020
The ugly scenes, which were recorded by a ‘punter’ on the Aberdeen side, came to an end with the Dons squad reeling with what just took place with their opponents.
Shouts of “can someone call the police please” can be heard off camera and another says “Supporters club game on a f***ing Sunday.”
“He’s bleeding. He’s f***ing bleeding” is also heard in the shocking clip.
As the footage finishes an Aberdeen player makes his way across to the side of the pitch with his hand covered in blood.
It is unclear what sparked the brawl but it certainly left many injured and no doubt ending up needing hospital treatment.
It is also unknown whether please made it at the game to investigate what happened. So far, there have been no mentions of any arrests.
The rivalry between these two clubs has played out for many years according to reports with the bitter rivalry ‘exploded’ all because of Neil Simpson’s (Aberdeen) horror tackle on a young Ian Durrant (Rangers) in 1988.
That was eight years after Wille Johnston (Rangers) decided to stamp on John McMaster (Aberdeen).
Fast forward to today, three decades later, the toxic relationship between both sets of fanbases is very much alive although not as intense as Rangers and Celtic.
Past fixtures tend to have been marred by the trouble caused in the stands, whether it’s Ibrox or Pittodrie.
In January 2002, the latter stadium saw a particularly bad-tempered encounter between the two sides, with crowd trouble marring a 1-0 Rangers win.
In the first half, Aberdeen striker Robbie Winters was hit by a coin thrown from the visiting support, with around 20 fans storming the pitch from the Dons end to try and confront the Rangers fans.
Referee Mike McCurry suspended play for 17 minutes as police cordoned the pitch. Chief executive Roger Mitchell described as “mindless morons”.
Other moments to have played a part in making the rivalry what it is today includes:
- Alex Ferguson won the league with Aberdeen 1980, becoming the first side outside Glasgow’s big two to do it since Kilmarnock in 1965. In all three of the Dons’ three title wins in the 80s, they went undefeated against Rangers. In, Ferguson’s eight-year reign he only lost four League games to his former side, winning 17 and drawing 12.
- Rangers won the league at Pittodrie and fans celebrated on the pitch
- A 2-1 win at Ibrox set Rangers up for another league title on the final day, but Aberdeen’s Charlie Mulgrew went chest-to-chest with Rangers’ Kyle Lafferty on the touchline, and the striker collapsed to the floor holding his face. Lafferty winked as his opponent, who was sent off, made his way off the pitch
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard recently admitted there is more of a rivalry between the Gers and Aberdeen than he thought existed.
“There is a rivalry. It does have a derby feel to it,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I think it is a rivalry that is more than I actually thought from the outside before I came up. The two teams that get mentioned here a lot are always Celtic and Aberdeen.
“It’s an exciting fixture, it’s on TV and we’ve had some incredible battles against Aberdeen in the 18, 19 months I have been up here. I don’t think this will be any different.”
It was in 2018 that Dons striker Sam Cosgrove claimed the Aberdeen and Rangers rivalry is the biggest in Scotland.
Talking to the Evening Express, Cosgrove said: “There are many rivalries in Scotland but this is the one, especially, that I’ve heard about and I’m looking forward to it along with everyone else.
Ex-Gers boss Mark Warburton admitted: “I don’t really understand it.”
Fans reacted to seeing Rangers and Aberdeen supporters teams in a vicious Sunday League brawl…
To bad they shat themselves
— Jimmy Bell’s Beard (@Alan_TheDaddy) September 20, 2020
First thing they’ve won in about 10 years
— Burnsy88 (@Burnsy88) September 20, 2020
Love how he bravely whispers fuck the huns at the end just incase someone hears him and they leather him.
Don’t know how or why the fight started but looks like Aberdeen fans absolutely shat themselves.
— Amato86 (@Amato861) September 21, 2020
Wouldn’t be Sunday league without the ‘gotta go to work in the morning’ shout
— Marc Coates (@marc_coates2) September 20, 2020
RING THE POLICE ??????give you head a wobble
— Tyrone-pd (@pd_tyrone) September 21, 2020
Think it’s the London Aberdeen and Rangers supporters clubs
— M90Saint (@M90Saint) September 21, 2020
That was my reaction. Not one of them reacted. Fuck playing in that team. One for all and all that
— Ryan O’Neill (@t9rmo) September 20, 2020
Need a stronger ref
— BOXER ??? (@boxertoye) September 20, 2020
No doubt the cops have got hold of this recording and there’s about 6 or 7 afray and assault charges being thrown out
Towards the end of the video in the background there’s a guy down getting kicked in the culprits are f*#*#* for doing that on camera
Jail time for some
— Kevin Smith (@Kevin4fingers23) September 21, 2020