Friday , October 25 2019

Wolves to play Europa League game with Slovan Bratislava in front of thousands of children

Wolves to play Europa League game with Slovan Bratislava in front of thousands of CHILDREN after Slovakian club use loophole in UEFA sanction for their fans’ racist chanting

  • Wolves will play Slovan Bratislava on Thursday in front of a full stadium
  • Europa League match was supposed to have been played behind closed doors
  • That’s after Slovan were punished by UEFA for their fans’ racist chanting
  • But they have exploited a loophole to allow kids under 14 to attend such games
  • Only 200 Wolves fans will be admitted to Tehelne Pole stadium for the match 

Wolves’ Europa League clash at Slovan Bratislava is set to take place in front of a near-capacity crowd – even though the game is officially being played behind closed doors.

The Slovakian team were given the punishment because of the racist behaviour of their fans at a game against PAOK in August.

But new UEFA rules introduced in the summer mean that children aged 14 and under can be allowed into the ground. These children must be ‘duly accompanied’ by an adult. 

Wolves are set to play their UEFA Europa League game with Slovan Bratislava at the Tehelne Pole stadium in front of thousands of children following a UEFA sanction

Under those same rules, Wolves fans have been allocated a mere 200 tickets, at an estimated £55 each.

A tweet from Slovan said there would be ‘21,000 children from all over Slovakia’ at the game. The capacity of the ground is around 23,000.

The new rule leaves UEFA again open to accusations of not being tough enough on racism.

The governing body has come under fire for many years for imposing paltry fines on clubs for racism offences.

Now Slovan will be cheered on by a partisan crowd, despite their offences.

Slovan's supporters were punished for racist chanting in a play-off match against PAOK

Slovan’s supporters were punished for racist chanting in a play-off match against PAOK

Wolves won 1-0 away to Besiktas in their last Europa League game, with Willy Boly scoring

Wolves won 1-0 away to Besiktas in their last Europa League game, with Willy Boly scoring