Rangers said UEFA, Spanish police and local authorities in Seville had agreed to welcome fans traveling to the city without a ticket for Wednesday
Rangers said UEFA, Spanish police and local authorities in Seville had agreed to welcome fans traveling to the city without a ticket for Wednesday’s Europa League final.
And UEFA has previously urged fans without a ticket to attend Rangers’ game against Frankfurt at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán not to travel to Seville.
However, Rangers say their fans not attending the final will be able to buy €10 tickets to see the game at Seville’s La Cartuja stadium.
The 60,000-capacity stadium will have a fan gathering area and a fan viewing area, which the Rangers said was the best option for fans in town without a ticket to attend the game.
“Seville’s bars and restaurants welcome our travel support, but fans should know that there are very limited options to watch the match in the city center and that La Cartuja is the best option for our traveling fans without tickets,” a statement from Rangers. read.
«The meeting point for fans in the center (Alameda de Hércules) will not show the match. As such, it is highly recommended for fans with match tickets only.”
Rangers and Frankfurt received only 10,000 tickets for the final at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, which has a capacity of more than 40,000 people.
Rangers urge fans to ‘respect’ Sevilla
Rangers expect tens of thousands of fans to travel to Seville to take on Frankfurt, with Stewart Robertson, the club’s general manager, urging fans earlier this week to “respect the city”.
The match is Rangers’ first European final since losing to Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Cup – the predecessor to the Europa League – 14 years ago in Manchester, when problems were reported in the city.
Keen to avoid repeating those scenes, Robertson told Rangers fans: “For fans with or without tickets: go and enjoy. Go and enjoy the occasion. I remember in 2008 I thought: ‘Will I see Rangers in a European final again?’ ‘
“Here we go. It’s great. Go be a good ambassador for the Rangers. Let’s go to a nice city, go and enjoy the city, but let’s do it the right way.”
“Never mind the numbers, do it, respect the city, respect the locals. There will be people who will take care of your daily business.”
Rangers also confirmed earlier this week that they would not be hosting a screen at Ibrox for fans in Scotland to watch the final due to security concerns.
A statement read: “While we understand the fans’ desire to gather at our home on this grand occasion, the club does not have sufficient staff resources to be able to host such an important event due to the number of qualified staff and personnel required to travel. to Spain to assist in the safe delivery of the final. We could not safely run an event of this magnitude without our security team, all of whom are wanted in Spain.
“Due to the important regulatory requirements of UEFA, we are obliged to deploy our entire security team in Seville, given the expected travel support. It was not an easy decision, but it is essential that we ensure the safety of the team and management and support travel in Spain.” .”
“We are aware and understand the disappointment and frustration of non-traveling fans, but there was no safe way to get a check-up on match day.”