Monumental Frankfurt move raises major UEFA questions over Rangers Seville decision
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Latest Frankfurt fan news poses major Rangers UEFA venue question

The Spanish city of Seville is preparing for a joint Scottish and German invasion ahead of the Europa League Final between Rangers and Frankfurt.

But the latest news coming out of both countries has plenty questioning if both the city, and the 40k seater Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, are big enough to handle both.

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Rangers fans have spent the last week or so trying to negotiate travel plans as prices fluctuate and supporters organise a way to make it this monumental match.

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Planes, trains and automobiles aplenty, tens if not hundreds of thousands are expected to make the trip from Scotland and elsewhere and there will be a sea of blue in Seville.

But whilst Rangers traditionally take a passionate, loud and famous travelling support, the team they’re up against in Frankfurt are notorious for exactly the same.

Die Adler have amongst the most passionate supports in the Bundesliga and as Derek Rae reports, over 100k of their supporters have applied for Final tickets.

Similarly to Rangers fans, it’s not just about having briefs for the game and tens if not hundreds of thousands of Frankfurt fans will likely travel even without a ticket.

This means the city of Seville could see its population swell by up to 200k on match day and given the scramble for hotels rooms and tickets, it’s raised questions about the venue.

Can Sevilla’s stadium handle Rangers and Frankfurt fans?

The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán is an iconic ground, but the fact it can only hold 40k spectators, with only 10k officially coming from each club, is something of a let down.

Boisterous Gers fans have also pointed to the ground’s steep slopes and the potential for injury should we see some serious Rangers limbs.

Sevilla might be the Europa League kings having won the competition six times, with this decision seemingly in homage to them, but with so many bumper grounds around the continent one questions if it was sensible to choose this one.

Seville too is a city with a population of close to 700k so that means it could rise by close to a third when Rangers face Frankfurt next week.

Let’s hope the city council know what they’ve let themselves in for and are well prepared for a huge influx of fans from both sides.

Meanwhile, has UEFA intervention forced Rangers hand regarding the launch of a new kit?

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