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DUP Politician Caught Out Amid The Ticketing Mess That Has Become Of Linfield/Celtic

Gavin Cooney
By Gavin Cooney
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Linfield host Celtic in the Champions League at Windsor Park this evening, with the main talking point around the opening minutes of the game concerning the attendance: the ground is half-full. Linfield were unable to sell out their allocation of tickets, while plans to sell tickets for a full stand to Celtic perished when the Glasgow club announced that they would not be taking up their allocation, citing security reasons.

The result was an eerie atmosphere:

Celtic did not take up an official allocation, but as expected, a number of Celtic fans travelled and purchased tickets for the match. Linfield published a statement to advise supporters on the logistics of accommodating the travelling supporters.

Celtic were assigned an away end - the Kop - which they could enter via the Boucher Road only.



As a result, specific entrances were assigned to Celtic fans, which caught out some of the home fans, including Jim Wells, a politician with the DUP.

He was re-routed.

Ahead of the game, Brendan Rodgers voiced his disappointment regarding the Celtic ticketing allocation and perceived safety issues:


This is a game that the football club haven't been able to have assurances for the safety of their fans, which is sad for me.

Coming back to Northern Ireland, and a new Northern Ireland, being not able in some way to ensure supporters' safety is guarded, is a problem for me.

In all fairness my players have played in a lot of environments and lots of big pressure games and they are well used to it. But it is disappointing the supporters are not there.

Wherever they travel around the world the supporters are renowned for travelling in big numbers and behaving themselves. It is a shame for Linfield and Northern Ireland. Football is loved in this country and to have the two sets of supporters there would have been fantastic.

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