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Uefa apologise to Rangers fans for conditions in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan during Europa League final

The i 5/19/2022 Katherine Lucas

Uefa have apologised to Rangers fans following complaints about the conditions within the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium during the Europa League final.

Fans complained of not being able to access water amidst a heatwave in the city, with temperatures estimated in the high 30Cs. The game itself had to be stopped at intervals for cooling breaks.

Approached by i, Uefa said: “Even though the quantity of food and beverages planned by concessionaires was much bigger than what is usually served during a domestic sold out match at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, it still was not enough to meet the extraordinary demand of the day and Uefa wishes to sincerely apologise to fans for the inconvenience created.”

i understands there were also complaints regarding treatment from staff and a number of kiosks which were supposed to be selling refreshments were closed.

Given that more than 100,000 Rangers and Frankfurt fans combined made the trip, the majority of them without tickets, the final largely passed without incident.

The night before the game, which Frankfurt won 5-4 on penalties with Aaron Ramsey missing the crucial spot-kick, five fans of the Bundesliga club were arrested while on Wednesday, there was just one football-related arrest of a German fan for assaulting a police officer.

Hours before kick-off, footage emerged of fans clashing at a bar along the main approach to the stadium, but police stressed there had only been “isolated incidents” of disorder.

Once the match had started, Frankfurt fans were seen tearing off Europa League branding from the hoardings at their end of the ground, while flares from the same end also briefly obscured the view of the pitch in the second half.

In an interview on Spanish TV, Frankfurt president Peter Fischer had hit out at the choice of venue for the final, saying thousands of the club’s fans had missed out on tickets because the European showpiece was being hosted in a “Mickey Mouse stadium.”

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