Rangers fans blamed for cancellation of cup friendly
By James Black
Organisers of the cancelled Eusebio Cup in Canada have laid the blame with Rangers fans – claiming supporters have’t bought enough tickets for the clash with Benfica.
The Gers were due to face the Portuguese giants on Friday in Hamilton, Ontario but were told Benfica had pulled out without explanation over the weekend.
Benfical then pointed the finger at organisers Elite Soccer Entertainment of Brampton, Ontario, accusing them of a “breach of contract.”
“Portuguese fans had been responding to the visit, Rangers fans had not,” Elite Soccer Entertainment’s CEO Fernando Pachecho said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“Twenty seven per cent of Hamilton has a Scottish background.
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“After what they’ve been through the past few years and fought back, there should be support. But they were not buying tickets.”
The sides were due to meet at the 24,000-seat Tim Horton’s Field however, there had been complaints on social media over ticket prices for the game.
Prices ranging from $50 (£30) for standing room to $350 (£210) for the best available, fans weren’t too happy with the prices set by Elite Sports Entertainment.
The competition was named for Benfica legend Eusebio and has been hosted by the Lisbon-based side since 2008.
Clubs such as Real Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal and Juventus have faced Benfica with the hosts winning it on three occasions.
The Gers are due to return to North America in January when they take part in the Florida Cup with Colombia’s Atletico Nacional and Corinthians of Brazil.
Rangers return to Premiership action on October 13 when they face St. Johnstone after the international break.
Pedro Caixinha’s side are ahead of the Saints in third place in the Premiership on goal difference and trail joint-leaders Celtic and Aberdeen by six points.
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