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Rangers fans urged not to travel to Napoli game over safety fears

Rangers travel to Italy for their penultimate group game on Wednesday.

Rangers fans urged not to travel to Naples for Champions League clash over supporter safety fears SNS Group

Rangers fans have been urged to stay at home and not travel to Naples for the Champions League game in the Diego Armando Maradona stadium next week.

The Ibrox club travel to Italy to take on Serie A side Napoli for their penultimate group game on Wednesday.

Like the game at Ibrox in September, there will be no official away end for travelling fans, however it is feared some may make the trip regardless and Rangers say they have approached the Italian club and UEFA over accommodating those that do travel.

But they have been informed that this will not be possible.

Napoli fans were not permitted to attend the game in Glasgow due to policing pressures following the recent death of the Queen and it was agreed that there would only be home fans at both matches.

The club has now issued a statement which warns supporters against travelling on “safety grounds” following discussions with other British clubs who have played in the city recently.

Released on the Rangers social media channels on Friday the statement read: “Ahead of our upcoming UEFA Champions League match against Napoli, we need to take this opportunity to confirm to supporters that our fans have been provided no allocation for this match.

“Following a request from our supporters, Rangers approached Napoli to discuss the possibility of accommodating travelling fans. The club also engaged with UEFA, FSE, and local authorities in Italy.

“Unfortunately, it has been reconfirmed by Napoli and UEFA that there is no intention to offer travelling supporters any tickets, in the interests of sporting integrity.

“As such Rangers supporters will not be permitted into the stadium and will not be accommodated within the city.

“It is incredibly disappointing for all our fans who loyally follow the club, at great personal expense, and who will be devastated not to be able to see our team.

“However, we are concerned about the safety of our supporters following conversations with other British clubs and supporters’ groups who have attended fixtures in Naples and, due to having no reassurances that our fanbase will be accommodated, we must strongly advise that supporters do not travel on safety grounds.”

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