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Rangers take up Sevilla tickets
Published : 16 Nov 2009 21:19:50
The Gers have been fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs to Unirea Urziceni after elements of their travelling crowd rioted at the Ghencea Stadium in Bucharest. Reports had suggested the club would consider turning down their ticket allocation as a result of that trouble, but the club have confirmed they would be accepting the ticket offer from the Spanish side. Rangers chief executive Martin Bain said:" The issue of taking tickets for this match was finely balanced. "Declining our allocation was considered seriously in view of the events in Bucharest but it is evident a large number of supporters had already booked to travel to Spain and would have gone regardless. In view of this and following discussions with relevant authorities it is more appropriate for the club to be in control of the process as much as possible. "We have also discussed the matter with supporters groups who share the club's desire to eradicate poor behaviour by a minority at some matches. In addition, the club also made a second security visit to Seville for discussions with the authorities last week who said they would welcome Rangers supporters to their city. "In taking the ticket allocation, we have agreed with supporters' groups to introduce additional measures on the distribution of tickets to fans and to take extra stewards to Seville to assist our fans where possible. "There is full agreement between the supporters' representatives and the club that it is vitally important that the club is represented in the best possible light by all fans who travel to Seville."