Scottish premiership side Rangers Football Club will travel to Lyon, France without their supporters for their UEFA Europa league final group fixture.
This was confirmed through a club statement issued on Monday which stated ‘that away fans including corporate guests will not be admitted on Thursday night to the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France’.
“We regret to inform our travelling support that, within the last hour, we have been notified by the French Minister of the Interior, that away fans including corporate guests will not be admitted on Thursday night to the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France”. The club statement read.
Also included in the statement was the reason their fans won’t be making the trip to France.
“We understand that there is a “festival of light” planned in the city which will test the policing resource and city infrastructure. As you are aware, we previously underlined to our support that the local authorities in France were being intransigent and initially unwilling to engage.
However, only late last week they agreed that we could have 2200 supporters admitted. The decision to reverse this is bemusing, and extremely frustrating, given the short notice. It beggars belief that 3 days after that decision was taken and 3 days before the match is due to be played, it is our supporters who are now going to be left out of pocket by this decision by the French interior minister”.
The Teddy Bears fans who were to follow Gio van Bronckhorst’s men to France for the match, with the Ibrox club already in the next round will now have their tickets according to the statement.
“We empathise with the feeling of supporters, who have made travel plans months in advance. Furthermore, we were allocated tickets several weeks ago, which adds further confusion to the most recent decision to not admit our fans”.
“Rest assured, we have made representations to UEFA, OL and the French authorities. However, regrettably, this situation is now out with our control.
Nevertheless, we are duty bound to ask all supporters including corporate guests to not travel to France.
“We appreciate the frustration of our support, and will work to ensure a refund for tickets is processed forthwith”.