Europa League final: Rangers, Eintracht Frankfurt, Football Supporters Europe make UEFA recommendations after fans’ concerns | football news

Rangers, Eintracht Frankfurt and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) are set to make recommendations to UEFA after major concerns at the Europa League final in Seville.

The two clubs, alongside FSE – an independent, non-profit association of fans recognized by UEFA as the representative body for fan affairs – are working together after receiving a “huge volume of complaints and testimonies” from fans.

Rangers previously reported “major concerns” about the treatment of fans, including “overzealous” search procedures at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium that led to police removing women’s batteries, earplugs and cosmetic bags – all items permitted were.

RANGERS FANS IN SEVILLE
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At least 18,000 Rangers fans attended the Europa League final at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium

Clubs also raised concerns about the facilities inside the stadium, including the lack of bottled water, which Rangers said caused “severe distress” for many fans as the temperature topped 30 degrees.

All three parties believe there could have been even more serious problems that night had the fans not acted calmly.

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A statement read: “Last Friday, representatives from Eintracht Frankfurt, Rangers FC and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) met to discuss and discuss some key organizational issues during the final of the UEFA Europa League final in Seville.

“These issues could easily have led to even more serious problems on the night and it was only thanks to the calm and mutual respect of both groups of fans that no more serious injuries were sustained. All three parties applauded the remarkable calm of the two fan bases in the face of the situation they faced.

“Apart from the serious shortage of food and – even more critically with the rising temperatures – water, there were several organizational problems with the police, strip searches and beyond. Both clubs as well as FSE received a large amount of complaints and testimonies from fans present at the stadium.

“All three parties will now work together to report to UEFA and local authorities in Spain and make recommendations to ensure these issues never arise again at a European final.

“Fans invest a lot of effort, time and money to follow their teams across Europe and expect to be treated with respect and dignity when attending football matches. That expectation was not met at all at last week’s Europa League final in Seville. “

“I’m so proud of Rangers fans”

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, right, presents Rangers' Borna Barisic after the Europa League final soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers FC at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Frankfurt defeated Rangers 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the game ended in a draw 1-.  1.
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Rangers lost the Europa League final on penalties

Over 100,000 Rangers fans traveled to Seville for the final against Eintracht Frankfurt and police confirmed that only one German man was arrested on the day of the final.

That said the club’s vice chairman, John Bennett Sky Sports: “We’ve had such good feedback from the police, the local authorities of this city and at La Cartuja, the stadium, and they all said one thing: ‘Wow’. Overwhelmed and overwhelmingly positive by the atmosphere of our fans, our fans’ behavior and that’s for the fans.

“Everybody naturally thinks about that heat oven combined with your beer drinking and whatever, which football fans around the world naturally do, and of course people look and say, ‘Is that a cocktail for something that could go wrong?’

“Boy Boy. Our fans have brought a cocktail of colour, noise and positivity.

“I just want to thank them. I respect them a lot. They’ve carried this club on their back and shoulders for the last 10 years. I’m so proud of them.”

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