'Greed' - Rangers fans react to being blamed after agreement collapses
By James Black
Organisers have tried to blame Rangers fans for the cancellation of the Eusebio Cup with Benfica – claiming Scottish fans hadn’t bought enough tickets.
The sides had an agreement to meet on Friday in Hamilton, Ontario but Rangers released a statement on Saturday saying Benfica had pulled out without any explanation.
In response, the Lisbon-based side pointed the finger at organisers and claimed Elite Soccer Entertainment had breached their contract for the friendly game
Fans weren’t happy with ticket prices for the fixture – with one Bluenose calling it “greed.”
Organisers then blamed the Rangers support for poor sales in a poorly-received statement.
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“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.
“After what they’ve been through the past few years and fought back, there should be support. But they were not buying tickets.”
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
So.. benfica pulled out because there wasnt enough RANGERS fans ???????????????? aye awrite
— Danny (@danny_rfc88) October 3, 2017
What a mess of a situation.
— Karl Hungus (@whipsmart13) October 3, 2017
Wondered when someone would blame us Rangers Fans https://t.co/PmiKADrc40
— Leigh-Anne Steele (@lalahiggins33) October 3, 2017
Add legal action Benfica to the banter years
— Bårjõ (@1872barry) October 3, 2017
Think they were assuming that second and third gen Scots would turn up in droves. At $100 a ticket.
— TomForsythsBigToe (@nrpsimpson) October 3, 2017
At $100 a ticket, it's just greed from them
— Ciaran (@ciaranwatp) October 3, 2017
Aye as if the average Rangers fan can get the time off and afford the flight. ????
— Davie ???????? (@Davieboy1872) October 3, 2017
Friday’s game was due to take place at the 24,000-seat Tim Horton’s Field and fans of both sides were travelling from across North America for the fixture.
Benfica began hosting the Eusebio Cup in 2008 and have won the trophy three times while facing off against sides like Ajax, Real Madrid and Mexican side Monterrey.
The Portuguese giants lost 5-0 last week against FC Basel in the Champions League.
Rangers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and were due to travel to Canada on Tuesday but will now be out of action until October 13 when they face St. Johnstone.
Pedro Caixinha’s side are ahead of the Saints on goal difference with leaders Celtic and Aberdeen six points clear at the top of the table.
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