Over 150, 000 Glasgow Rangers supporters traveled to Manchester on Wednesday for the Uefa Cup Final. Refreshed by hundreds of gallons of beer, cocaine and fortified wine, thousands of fans proceeded to destroy the city center after a large television screen broke down, preventing thousands from seeing the game. There is a history of violence surrounding broken televisions and Glasgow. Years ago, I was visiting a friend who lived on the fifteenth floor of a high-rise apartment block in Glasgow. We were staring out the window, as you do, when suddenly our trance channel was interrupted by a television set going down, and not in the elevator which was broken anyway. The man on the eighteenth floor had lost his picture or had been unhappy with the number of repeats the BBC were inclined to broadcast. Luckily, no passing pedestrian was killed by the falling tube.
Another friend smashed his television set with a bowling ball he had stolen from the lanes. Poor reception was the reason. There are numerous incidents of violated TV’s in Glasgow. Television repair shops are almost as busy as the liquor stores.
So while the authorities examine the extensive damage done to a major English city by a marauding force of Scottish Protestants, the lesson is this. Don’t have Protestant Glasgwegians in your house if you can’t provide a telly that works.
Footage of the riot from Manchester Police CCTV (no audio)
(Note the policeman getting ratpacked by fans of Rangers Football Club)