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"Anzhi": Identification

2012-11-23 16:04

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On November 22 FC "Anzhi" held the final home match in the group stage of the Europa League 2012-2013. In Moscow stadium "Lokomotiv" Makhachkala defeated Italian "Udinese" 2-0 for the first time in its history passed into the European Cup playoffs. Match tickets were distributed free of charge - on presentation of passports, through the club and official fan clubs. Such practices have been applied during the last home game of "Anzhi" vs "Liverpool". In fact, such scheme of tickets distribution, if not eliminates, but hampers neutral fans getting to the stadium, transforming a European Cup match into performance for fans. "Big Caucasus" reporter asked football officials how legitimate is the selective tickets distribution.

Head of the Department of Information Policy of the Russian Football Union Nikolai Komarov said that the RFU had nothing to do with the game, since the tournament is held under the auspices of the League. Accordingly, all that relates to the sale of tickets for the Euro Cup games is beyond its competence. The head of the press service of FC "Anzhi" Murad Latipov assured that the sale organization meets the recommendations of the "UEFA Security Regulations". "No one has applied any claims", he added.

However, we're not so much interested in the legal details. In our view, it's more importantly to try to find the causes of the split among the fans.

For those who are far from football, we recall the background. On August 23, during the first home game in the Europa League, "Anzhi" took Dutch "AZ". The match was held at the stadium "Locomotiv", due to which the UEFA, for security reasons, forbade the Dagestani team to play in Makhachkala. Russian club had to look for a home stadium in another city. The agreement was reached with the "Locomotive". Fans of the capital club took the news as a hostile reception and promised to come to support the Dutch team. This initiative was supported by a group of fans of other Moscow clubs. As a result, the match was held in a rather unpleasant situation.

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