FC Copenhagen nullifies non-Danes’ Champions League tickets


Danish UEFA Champions League participant FC Copenhagen has instituted a policy by which fans whose names do not sound Danish will not be able to buy tickets to group-stage matches except in the away section. Copenhagen has been drawn against Galatasaray, Juventus and Real Madrid in Group B.

Fans who bought their tickets through certain websites received an email from the club saying that their tickets had been nullified.

A report in Ekstra Bladet quoted Copenhagen club secretary Daniel Rommedahl as saying in an email to fans whose tickets were canceled that the decision could be reversed on a case-by-case basis (please excuse the poor translation):

Safety is always our main concern at events in [Parken Stadium]. And therefore, we make every effort to ensure that possible fans of the teams that [visit] FC Copenhagen only have access to the away section during the [match]. And tickets for the section to be purchased through the [away] clubs that we have visited. Therefore, we will cancel the ticket via billetlugen.dk which directly indicate that bought seats elsewhere in the stadium the away team’s fans.

If a dialogue with the customer indicates otherwise, so the acquisition will obviously be approved. We apologize for any inconvenience this could lead to some of our supporters, but it is a necessary measure [of] safety during the [match, based on] UEFA’s rules and [Parken Stadium’s] usual procedures.

It is standard practice to separate home and away fans, usually requiring away fans to purchase tickets through the visiting club. Some clubs have become more vigilant of intermingling of fans, in light of recent crowd violence during UEFA competitions.

UEFA has so far not responded to Copenhagen’s policy. ESPN sports commentator Keith Olbermann gave the club second place in his “World’s Worst Person in Sports” section on Wednesday:

VIDEO: Tunisia equalizes on controversial penalty kick

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England centerback Kyle Walker put his arm up to halt the forward progress of Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. Unfortunately for Walker, Ben Youssef was in the box and Walker’s elbow caught Ben Youssef’s face.

Referee Wilmar Roldan quickly whistled for a penalty kick and despite the protests from a half-dozen of England players and a check from the VAR, the called stood. Ferjani Sassi’stepped up to the spot and found the lower-left corner, just barely beating Jordan Pickford to tie the game in the 35th minute.

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How will England respond?

VIDEO: Captain Kane puts England on the board early

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It may be the easiest goal-scoring opportunity Harry Kane‘s ever had in an international competition, and he finished it as easy as you’d like.

Kane side-footed home after Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen made a terrific save on John Stone’s header off a corner, but the save was directed right into a wide-open Kane who was standing ready inside the six yard box. The 11th minute goal will surely settle some of the Three Lions’ nerves as they open their World Cup bid in Russia.

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After slow start, Belgium takes care of business against feisty Panama

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All it took was one goal to bring Belgium to life.

Following a frustrating first 45 minutes, in which Belgium put a pair of shots into the side netting and forced saves from Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, Dries Mertens 47th minute goal opened the floodgates, as Belgium went on to defeat Panama, 3-0, Monday afternoon in Sochi.

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But Panama never made it easy for the Belgians. From the opening whistle the CONCACAF nation showed its incredible spirit, chasing down Belgium all across the field and making life incredibly difficult for Belgium attackers Romelu Lukaku, Mertens and Eden Hazard. Hazard was hacked down all over the field, and while he did earn fouls and a few yellow cards were issued to Panamanian players, it was enough to get in Hazard’s head.

Two minutes into the second half, everything changed. A wonderstrike from Mertens opened the game, and forced Panama to attack and try and tie the match, which gave Hazard, de Bruyne and Lukaku more space to operate.

In the heat and humidity of the Sochi summer, Panama’s veteran defense began to tire, allowing de Bruyne the space to deliver a terrific assist to Lukaku in the box, putting Belgium up 2-0 in the 69th minute.


Six minutes later, Lukaku was put through on the break, chipping over Penedo to confirm the victory.

With the win, Belgium moves to the top of Group G. Up next for Belgium is Tunisia on Saturday, while Panama takes on England on Sunday.

VIDEO: de Bruyne delivers gorgeous assist on Lukaku goal

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It took a little bit of patience, but Romelu Lukaku finally got on the scoresheet at the 2018 World Cup, thanks to a delicious assist from crosstown club rival Kevin De Bruyne.

The Manchester City playmaker delivered a spectacular outside-of-the-boot cross into the box, where Lukaku’s head met it and guided it towards the far post for Belgium’s second goal of the day.

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