Rangers FC and BBC Scotland are embroiled in a fresh row after the club were referenced during a discussion about domestic abuse. 

A contributor for BBC Scotland's The Nine was speaking during a segment about domestic abuse on Friday night's show. 

Scottish Women's Aid chair Nicola Gilchrist was asked to speak about a new law, which will be implemented in Scotland in April, which will make controlling and coercive behaviour a criminal offence.

During a discussion with fellow guest Fiona Drouet, Ms Gilchrist said: "This is what I think is so vital actually, is changing the shape of this.

"Educating people that domestic abuse is not a black eye after the Rangers lose or something. That is not what we are talking about.

"We are talking about what Fiona's talking about here, that the shame and humiliation of living with this, that is going to, I think, shape the conversation in Scotland."

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The comments have angered the Ibrox club. 

A spokesman told the Scottish Sun: "The first thing to be stressed is that domestic abuse should be condemned at every opportunity.

"Once again, however, the BBC provided a platform from which Rangers could be denigrated.

"Even so, it was astounding to hear Nicola Gilchrist single out Rangers. Perhaps she would like to explain why, while discussing this awful form of abuse, she felt it necessary to reference a club which does more than any other to help ease and eradicate the myriad problems faced by people in our local and wider communities."

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The club and many fans have now demanded an apology for the remarks from the BBC, as well as the Scottish Women's Aid chair. 

A BBC Scotland spokesperson said: "We did an item on The Nine which was highlighting the important issue of domestic abuse and its tragic consequences."

Scottish Women's Aid have been approached for comment. 

This fresh row follows the long-standing feud between Rangers and the BBC over senior journalist Chris McLaughlin’s Ibrox ban, with fans of the club recently protesting outside of the BBC's Pacific Quay offices. 

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