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SBD Global/November 26, 2012/International Football

Game Postponed After Scottish Third Division Club Elgin Oversells Stadium Against Rangers

Fans of Scottish Third Division team Rangers Friday night accused Elgin FC of "risking their safety for a fast buck after police ordered their game to be postponed," according to Euan McLean of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The Highland club faces a Scottish Football League probe into why it sold more than 1,000 tickets above the 4,500 capacity of its Borough Briggs home ground. Elgin "couldn’t say exactly how many tickets had been sold for the match." However, Rangers "had already accused Elgin of profiteering by making ticket prices 50% higher than regular Third Division games." The SFL has "vowed to launch an investigation into the matter, which is expected to result in a heavy fine for Elgin" (DAILY RECORD, 11/24). The SCOTSMAN reported Rangers "accepted an apology from Elgin over the postponement, but Manager Ally McCoist expressed his disappointment." A spokesperson for Moray Council said: "We are extremely disappointed to have to ask the club to cancel the game. It is certainly not a decision anyone involved has taken lightly. We know how thousands of fans have been looking forward to the match, but there is a real risk to their safety here. The ground can only take 4,500, so another 1,000-plus disappointed fans with nowhere to go is a major concern" (SCOTSMAN, 11/24). The PA reported fans "have been assured they will be given a refund, but tickets issued for the game will not be valid for the rearranged date, which has yet to be announced" (PA, 11/24).
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