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SBD Global/September 5, 2013/International Football

Copenhagen Denying Champions League Tickets To Fans With 'Non-Danish' Names

Danish Superliga side FC Copenhagen is "refusing to sell tickets for their upcoming Champions League home games to fans with 'non-Danish' sounding names," according to John Drayton of the London DAILY MAIL. The controversial system "is designed to stop trouble caused by away fans buying tickets in the home end of the Parken Stadium." Copenhagen will face Real Madrid, Juventus and Galatasaray in Group B and club officials "are concerned that the limited away allocation will result in opposition fans attempting to sit in amongst the home support." Some home fans applying to attend the three matches "have already been told that they cannot purchase tickets because of 'security reasons.'" This has left fans "upset with the club's decision and facing the prospect of missing out on arguably their three biggest games of the season." Former Rangers player Bajram Fetai "is at the centre of the row, with the attacker accusing Copenhagen of racism." However, club secretary Daniel Rommedahl "denies that Copenhagen are discriminating against their own supporters." Rommedahl: ''Safety is always our main concern when it comes to events at Parken. Therefore we make every effort to ensure that fans of our guests only have access to the away section" (DAILY MAIL, 9/4).
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