Red Star Belgrade have hit out at suggestions their fans are racist thugs ahead of their Champions League qualifier against Rangers.

The Serbian champions arrived in Glasgow in defiant mood ahead of the first leg at Ibrox following reports of a hooligan element within their support and club bosses are also unhappy at comments made by Rangers´ American winger DaMarcus Beasley, who claimed recently that he was subjected to racial abuse during a previous visit to Belgrade with PSV Eindhoven.

But Red Star board member - and Serbian Football Association official - Dobrivoje Tanasijevic insisted: "We are sports participants, we are not sports hooligans. We have not created hooliganism - it was created in other countries and brought to us."

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