Rangers Champions League tie v Napoli pushed back 24 hrs to Wednesday
Rangers Champions League group stage match against Napoli has been pushed back 24 hours to Wednesday evening, as reported by Andy Newport.
The Daily Record journalist revealed (via Twitter, 11 September) that UEFA haven’t permitted Napoli fans to travel to Scotland for the game due to policing issues for the match.
It’s understood that as a matter of sporting fairness Rangers fans will not be authorised to attend the return leg in Naples.
This news is obviously going to infuriate a number of Rangers fans and rightly so considering their long wait for Champions League football and the memorable away days that come with it.
However, it’s important to consider that these circumstances are once in a lifetime and the policing issues must be considered.
A lot of Rangers fans will be affected by this, particularly for the away leg in Naples with many fans already organising their travel and accommodation for the fixture.
Rangers fans missing the game due to “sporting integrity” is a tough one to understand.
Even the Napoli fans would much rather have an away section there to make it another memorable European night at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Instead of one set of fans being out of pocket (Napoli), now two sets of fans are set to be out of pocket at a time, especially in the UK, where times are tough.
If UEFA are to make the decision on sporting integrity, they have to provide some sort of compensation to fans as it’s their decision that has cost them thousands.