Celtic issue important Wednesday morning statement on Ferencvaros tickets

By Euan Davidson

November 3, 2021

Celtic fans will not be allowed into the Groupama Arena for the Bhoys’ trip to play Ferencvaros.

Despite EU legislation allowing UK Vaccine Passports to be used on the continent, that change in law came too late, and doesn’t apply to Hungary. A statement from the club said that there was not enough time to arrange a solution [Celtic FC].

This’ll be a huge blow to travelling Celtic supporters, who hoped to see another Hoops victory against Ferencvaros. The Hungarian champions were beaten 2-0 at Celtic Park, with over 50,000 in attendance. That was despite the game being held at 3.30pm on a Tuesday.

Celtic’s statement read [Celtic FC]:

“Further to discussions with Ferencvaros late last night and early this morning, regrettably we have to update that we have been informed that there will be no access for Celtic supporters for Thursday’s match in Budapest.

“We have been informed by Ferencvaros that, given the timescales involved, it is not possible for them and the Hungarian authorities to meet all necessary requirements around the UK vaccine certification approval process before entry can be permitted to the stadium.

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“We have been informed that a national framework for UK vaccine certification approval in Hungary is required and that this cannot be fulfilled in time for access to be arranged for the match.

“Celtic has worked closely with Ferencvaros to try and establish a positive solution for our fans, but unfortunately this has not been possible in the time available prior to the match.  

“This is unfortunately a consequence of the pandemic. Both clubs have done everything they can to try to find an alternative outcome and, of course, we understand how frustrating this will be for our fans. We would like to thank Ferencvaros for all their efforts in trying to accommodate Celtic supporters.”

A hammer blow in Hungary for travelling Celtic supporters hoping to watch Bhoys against Ferencvaros

Thankfully, to an extent, Celtic supporters were broadly expecting this. CSCs in mainland Europe had already planned to see off the team bus.

Like the Real Betis game, this probably won’t put a good number of Celtic fans off travelling. Of course, it’d be preferable to actually be able to watch Ferencvaros v Celtic in the stadium. But an away trip is an away trip, nonetheless.

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It’s somewhat hard to believe that Hungarian authorities couldn’t have been more accommodating. That fans were left in the lurch until 11am on the day of the match is absurd.

Still, you can bet there’ll be a party atmosphere in Budapest anyway.

Especially around the ‘Hungarian Eye’ at approximately 6pm, Hungary time.

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