Celtic hand Ferencvaros 279 tickets for Europa League clash next week
Ferencvaros have confirmed that they have received 279 tickets for their trip to Celtic Park next week as they sent out a desperate plea to supporters.
The Hoops don’t have an allocation for the return game in Hungary in two weeks due to the authorities not recognising the UK’s vaccination passports. However, Ferencvaros will have a healthy contingent make the way to Scotland next week.
And incredibly, our European foes have had to advise their supporters not to make pro-Nazi or anti-semitic symbols in case they offend the home support or catch the attention of UEFA.
In a statement released on the Ferencvaros website yesterday, they sent out the following message to their supporters:
“We would like to draw the attention of all our ticket buyers to the fact that during the match, in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, any hand gestures that UEFA may interpret as a Nazi flattery or an anti-Semitic symbol should be warned by their fellow fans.
“The “heart to sky” arm movement with one hand cannot be done at all! The spectator may not bring any pyrotechnic devices, incense, firecrackers, sound grenades into the stadium. We would like to draw the attention of our fans to the fact that expressions that offend the opponent, the opponent’s supporters, the judges, the referees with a gender identity tag or a reference to gender are also defined by UEFA as discriminatory, obscene, discriminatory, insulting or politically discriminating against sexual minorities. even if it happened in Hungarian.
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“We ask that no one sit up for any provocation and represent the club and Hungary in an exemplary, sporty and calm manner, as FTC fans have done in recent years at home and abroad in all cases!”
Ferencvaros send out desperately plea to supporters ahead of Celtic Park trip
Difficult to really know where to begin with this one. It’s not surprising to see them get a 279 figure for Celtic Park first and foremost. Bayer Leverkusen also brought fans to Parkhead in our previous Europa League match.
Hungarian football supporters have come under the microscope in recent times due to their behaviour. England players Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling were both racially abused in a clash between the two sides last month, leading to a fine and having to play behind closed doors [The Guardian].
Even last night, travelling Hungarian fans were caught up in crowd trouble with the police at Wembley [Evening Standard]. It’s clear there’s a problem, and something that hopefully won’t be brought to Celtic Park.
It’s also vital not to tarnish an entire nation with the same brush. Everyone is different, and it could be that the Ferencvaros supporters represent their club impeccably next week.
But even so, it’s damning that Ferencvaros even have to mention the above. It’s not even that they don’t have to do it. That’s just the thing – they do. History has shown that to be the case.
Hopefully, the game can go past without incident and taken in good spirit by the visiting fans.