UEFA issue Rangers apology as Seville shambles becomes clearer
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UEFA issue Rangers apology as Seville shambles becomes clearer

UEFA have apologised to Rangers and the club’s supporters for the shambolic running of the Europa League Final in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium in Seville.

Rangers fans have been vocal in their complaints surrounding the situation which saw thousands left without water in the baking Spanish heat.

Many fans resorted to drinking from dirty cups via the taps in the bathrooms with the situation intensified by a heavy-handed approach to policing.

Not only this, but there are claims the stadium authorities turned off the water to prevent Rangers fans gaining access via the taps.

UEFA – who rarely ever admit to any wrongdoing – have quickly moved to apologise to Rangers and their fans, perhaps detailing the gravity of the situation.

The powers that be in European football have pointed to “extraordinary demand” with 100k Rangers fans travelling to the country.

A UEFA statement issued to enquiring media reads:

“Even though the quantity of food and beverages planned by concessionaires was much bigger than what is usually served during a domestic sold out match at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, it still was not enough to meet the extraordinary demand of the day and Uefa wishes to sincerely apologise to fans for the inconvenience created.”

Rangers fan situation unacceptable as UEFA apologise

It is an unacceptable situation for the Rangers supporters to find themselves in and combined with the news that the club was prevented from displaying a tifo – whilst Frankfurt were allowed – it’s raised major suspicions about the treatment of both sides.

There have also been complaints regarding the treatment of Rangers fans entering the stadium, with police taking or binning non-prohibited items such as make up bags, power banks and earbuds.

Rangers fans have even claimed that Ibrox star Leon Balogun delivered where UEFA could not by handing out water to thirsty supporters in the stands.

Something tells us this won’t be the last we hear about this but Rangers fans can hold their heads high for their amazing contribution to the showpiece final.

Club vice-chairman John Bennett led the tributes as Rangers fans picked up the pieces of a devastating penalty kicks defeat to Frankfurt.