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'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.

 “Twenty seven per cent of Hamilton has a Scottish background.

“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:

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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