Italian politician Luigi Musto asks UEFA to reimburse Rangers and Napoli supporters for travel and accommodation costs
ITALIAN politician Luigi Musto has asked UEFA to reinstate travel and accommodation costs for Rangers and Napoli fans after away fans were banned from both Champions League matches.
European football’s governing body has decided to postpone the second group stage match from Tuesday to Wednesday due to Scottish police concerns.
Napoli were expected to have around 600 supporters at Ibrox for the tie and Rangers would have expected to bring a few thousand fans to Italy for the second leg next month.
But UEFA banned Ibrox supporters and also ruled, in the interests of ‘sporting integrity’, that no Rangers supporters would receive a match briefing at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Now Napoli City politician Musto, whose constituency represents the Napoli ground, has urged UEFA to compensate both groups of supporters for their decision.
He stressed: “I expressed my complete disregard for this decision, hundreds of Napoli supporters have already bought flights, hotels and tickets for the game in Glasgow.
“I can understand the decision to move the game around the clock given the public order reasons cited by local police forces in Scotland.
“But why would they close the outdoor part? This is completely unacceptable.
“Fans shouldn’t have to pay for these silly decisions.
“SSC Napoli have already announced that they will refund the tickets, but this is only a small part of the fee for the supporters.
“Who will pay for canceled flights? The British government? UEFA?
“And the Scots have the same problem for the game in Napoli – a decision disguised as ‘level playing field’.
“It is an absurd and shameful decision.
“I have already been inundated with requests about this. The fans are rightly furious. I will always stand up for the people of this city and I hope Napoli demand compensation from UEFA for the fans.”