Thursday, 7th November 2013
GFA seeks fansí cooperation ahead of Slovakia match
The GFA has urged fans travelling to Portugal to watch Gibraltar take on Slovakia to keep flags and banners to a minimum whilst transiting Spain in order to avoid any unnecessary confrontation.
The GFA envisages that there will be a substantial presence of Gibraltar supporters at the Algarve Stadium on November 19 to see the Gibraltar Senior National Football team’s first international friendly match, under the auspices of UEFA.
And, whilst the GFA wants fans to enjoy this historic occasion, it has stressed that it is very important for travelling fans to understand that his match will be played in accordance with all UEFA rules and regulations and therefore requests that fans cooperate with the GFA to make this a memorable occasion.
“This is a friendly match between two nations without any dispute between them,” said Integrity and Security Officer Louis Wink in a travel advisory issued by the GFA.
“However Gibraltar supporters travelling by road to Portugal will no doubt be aware of the existing political and social tensions with Spain, whose roads will need to be used to travel to Portugal.”
“It is therefore advisable that those using coaches or cars avoid the over exposure of flags, banners etc. whilst transiting Spain, to prevent any unnecessary confrontation.”
The GFA also wants to remind travelling fans that no forms of pyrotechnics or fireworks are allowed in the stadium. Supporters should also be aware that no alcohol is allowed into the stadium and anyone under the influence of drink or drugs will be denied entry into the stadium.
Further, racist chants or comments are both illegal and contrary to UEFA/FIFA regulations and will attract severe sanctions and possibly even criminal proceedings.