Nervous Rangers fans have been expressing fears regarding the situation in Seville and namely their bars ahead of the Europa League Final with Frankfurt.
The Ibrox side’s passionate following will travel in their numbers from across the globe and descend on the Spanish city as their squad go for European glory.
Anywhere up to 100k bluenoses are expected to travel but Frankfurt are also expecting huge numbers to make the trip to Spain.
The Bundesliga club have a fierce following of their own and regularly take tens of thousands around Europe, with a reported 30k making it to see them thrash Barcelona earlier in the competition.
Reports coming out of Germany claim that 100k Frankfurt fans have applied for tickets to the game at the 40k Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, giving rise to questions regarding the stadium’s capacity.
Whatever the case, there will be a huge influx of people from both Scotland and Germany for the game with planes, trains and automobiles aplenty descending on Seville.
Despite the Seville mayor insisting that the city will be ready, naturally there are some fears regarding the situation.
Here’s what Antonio Munoz said, via the Daily Record:
“The city will receive an important economic injection from thousands of football fans in the coming days ahead.
“We have put a lot of work into preparing plans so we will be able to deal with this.
“After the past two years and the terrible time our tourist industry has endured because of Covid, this is a welcome boost for them.”
Rumours of Rangers v Frankfurt bar closures in Seville quashed
Despite this, reports emerged online of bars in Seville closing their doors ahead of the game giving rise to fears that there was some kind of order to do so.
As well as this, fans fear that for many businesses the havoc of having so many people descending on the city and their premises may not turn out to be worth the hassle and they will shut up shop.
However, there have been claims to the contrary that this is not the case from both Rangers fans making enquiries and locals from Seville.
On top of this, Rangers media partner and leading fan outlet Heart & Hand have confirmed that there is a security meeting between key stakeholders today.
This would suggest discussions are still ongoing and despite the nerves from both Rangers and Frankfurt fans solutions will be sought.
For fans, it is clearly a case of waiting out for more information as the preparations continue to be confirmed ahead of the clash in Seville.
Of course, the situation adds to the stress of sorting flights, travel and accommodation but as tensions rise these things have a tendency to grow moss as they roll.
Fans will want the lessons of Manchester to be learned and the council in Seville as well as UEFA may heed this as they look to provide suitable provisions for travelling fans.
The situation must be clarified in due course and whilst fans might need to be a little patient, we suspect news is coming.
There also appears to be plans for a fan zone in the city, as was indirectly confirmed by a DJ who’ll be playing at the event.