Rangers supporters can now attend Lyon game after travel ban is lifted


: Rangers were placed in an “impossible situation” after a change of the French authorities to allow their fans to attend the Europa League game on Thursday at Olympique Lyonnais because many supporters had canceled flights, said the scottish club.

Around 2,200 tickets were awarded to Rangers supporters for the match, but France’s interior minister initially banned them from traveling, citing overloaded police resources during a “festival of lights” in Lyon.

However, Rangers said Tuesday’s latest move meant their fans could now watch the game at Groupama Stadium.

“We welcome the updated position… nonetheless, 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 distributing tickets for supporters who manage to make alternative travel arrangements to the match.”

Rangers fans have not been allowed to attend European games in the past due to discriminatory chants.

The Scottish champions have already secured a place for the knockout stages of the Europa League with Lyon, leader of Group A.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Lincoln Feast and Ken Ferris)


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