Rangers fans can now attend Lyon game after travel ban lifted
: Rangers have been put in an ‘impossible situation’ after a U-turn by French authorities to allow their supporters to attend Thursday’s Europa League match at Olympique Lyonnais as many supporters canceled flights, the club says Scottish.
Around 2,200 tickets have been allocated to Rangers supporters for the game, but the French interior minister initially banned them from travelling, citing strained police resources at a ‘party of light’ in Lyon.
However, Rangers said Tuesday’s latest decision meant their fans could now watch the game at Groupama Stadium.
“We welcome the updated position… nevertheless, we understand that the situation continues to cause uncertainty and frustration with many supporters having canceled their flights and/or accommodation,” Rangers said in a statement. .
“We are currently in contact with Lyon regarding the arrangements for the distribution of tickets for those supporters who manage to organize an alternative trip for the match.”
Rangers fans have been barred from traveling to European games in the past due to instances of discriminatory chanting.
The Scottish champions have already secured a place in the Europa League round of 16 with Group A leaders Lyon.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Ken Ferris)