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Sport Celtic fan ban slammed in Seville as angry locals recall 80,000 person party for UEFA Cup final

13:35  14 september  2021
13:35  14 september  2021 Source:   dailyrecord.co.uk

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Hotel owners in Seville have vented their fury after Celtic fans were barred from travelling to the city for their clash with Real Betis.

Ange Postecoglou's side get their Europa League group campaign under way in Andalusia on Thursday, as they look to return to the knockout phase of the competition after finishing bottom of their group last term.

Initially it was announced that Celtic would be given an allocation of tickets for the match, much to the delight of the city's hard-hit tourism sector.

Around 80,000 Hoops fans descended on Seville for the UEFA Cup final against Jose Mourinho's Porto in 2004, with the club receiving a special award from FIFA thanks to the exemplary behaviour of supporters.

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There will be no repeat trip for Celtic fans though, something which has enraged local business owners.

a group of people posing for the camera: Celtic fans outside the stadium in Seville © Daily Record Celtic fans outside the stadium in Seville

The Association of Hoteliers of Seville president Antonio Luque said: "The decision taken by the health authorities not to allow thousands of football supporters into the city for European games is the latest in a series of disastrous decisions taken.

"We have now had 16 months of sanctions and many businesses will close down because of this.

"The hospitality industry would have been able to provide an economic injection that a city like Seville needs and foreign fans who would have come to the matches of European competitions of the Sevillian teams would have been delighted with our famous range of gastronomical choice.

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a crowd of people walking down a street: An estimated 80,000 Celtic fans travelled to Seville © Daily Record An estimated 80,000 Celtic fans travelled to Seville

"We have lost a lot of tourism this summer and we cannot afford to lose any more. They no longer appear to listen to us so it is time to mobilise and take necessary action.

"We have missed out on a golden opportunity this week."

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