16 December 2019 16:36
RANGERS fans have been warned they face a nightmare experience for their Europa League last 32 tie in Portugal after Wolves supporters were 'battered with batons' outside the ground when they played there last month. Gers will face the 2011 Europa League runners-up with the second leg at their 30,286-capacity Estadio Municipal de Braga ground. 2 Rangers fans will travel to Portugal in their numbers Credit: Willie Vass - The Sun Around 6,000 Wolves fans were allocated tickets for when the English side played them in the Group Stages and returned with a 3-3 draw. But off the pitch there were major problems which led to Wolves making an official complaint to UEFA about the treatment of their fans. A Wolves statement said: "Wolves can confirm a formal complaint has been submitted to UEFA regarding a number of safety and security concerns during the club's Europa League game against SC Braga.
"The club has received an unprecedented number of complaints from supporters who were left disappointed, distressed and in some cases injured, during entry to the Estádio Municipal de Braga. 2 Wolves complained about the treatment of their fans in Braga during their recent Europa League trip Credit: Reuters "Wolves takes the safety of its supporters extremely seriously, and these type of incidents are not what is expected when attending events organised by UEFA or its member clubs." London Wolves Supporters Club member, Pete Carvell, said: "The behaviour of the security was ridiculous. We had phone chargers, flags and even an apple confiscated but managed to recover most items after the game. Possessions were strewn all over the floor in the mud when we emerged from the ground at full time. "Some of the police were being heavy handed, seemingly unprovoked and some of the fans were complaining about being battered with batons." And Wolves fan Kate Wright complained: "We got to the ground about 40 minutes before kick off and found a huge number of fans standing in a huge disorganised queue in the pouring rain, not moving.
No regard was given to safety of the many fans outside that included many children, women and elderly fans. They seem to want to provoke us, but thankfully our fans didn't rise to it. It was absolute chaos and could have resulted in serious serious injury or even worse." But Braga refused to take responsibility and pointed out: "In the statement released by the English club, at no point was responsibility attributed to SC Braga for the facts reported to Wolves by their supporters. "It is important to highlight the absence of occurrences within the stadium and that throughout the match a healthy environment prevailed, allowing fans of both teams to enjoy the game and their emotions. We the safety of the fans extremely seriously." Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers at the Scottish Sun football page RANGERS have been drawn against SC Braga of Portugal in the Last 32 of the Europa League.
It will be the first meeting of the two sides, with the ties set to take place at Ibrox on Thursday, 20 February, kick-off to be confirmed, before the away leg on Wednesday, 26 February at 17:00 UK time. Braga Fast Facts: Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from dailyrecord - Rangers Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email It could have been much worse. That's how Rangers and Steven Gerrard will surely look at things after drawing Braga in the last 32 of the Europa League. By no means will it be an easy tie but given the other clubs who were seeded then this is one of the better draws. Their current form isn't the best and they sit ninth in the Portuguese top flight. They do have decent European pedigree though having reached the Europa League Final in 2011 before being beaten by Porto. Braga actually faced Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers that season and were 4-2 winners over two legs. But what are they like now and what do you need to know about them? Previous meetings This will be a first ever meeting between the two sides, so history will be made in some way. Stadium The Estadio Municipal de Braga is where Braga play and hosts 30,286 people. There won't be much of an away allocation with just 1514 tickets needing to be made available by the Portuguese side. (Image: Action Images via Reuters) Manager Ricardo Sa Pinto is a former Portuguese international who has also managed Sporting Lisbon, Red Star Belgrade, Standard Liege and Legis Warsaw. Key player Paulinho. Star striker netted 17 goals last season which helped them to a fourth place in the league. Has netted five goals in nine starts this season. There doesn't appear to be any direct flights from Scotland to Porto - which is around 20km from Braga. You can fly via Stansted and various other places while the club is likely to put on their own charter as well. How much will it cost once you get there? The good news is that many Rangers fans will stay in Porto and they've already been there this year during the group stage. That will help knowing where to go Honours Portuguese league runners-up once, Portuguese Cup winners twice, Europa League runners-up once. The cost of a pint is around £2 while you can get a decent three course meal for around £30. Not a bad price all things considered. Interesting fact They boast 12 Brazilians in their squad, including captain Fransergio. Rangers have been drawn against Portuguese side Braga in the last-32 of the Europa League It could be considered a favourable draw for the Ibrox side after missing some European heavyweights. Braga progressed to the knockout stages after topping their group ahead of Premier League side Wolves. A squad largely made up of Portuguese and Brazilian players, the side are somewhat struggling this season as they sit ninth in the Primeira Liga but just five points off the European spots. The Archbishops are Europa League regulars having played more than 100 times in the competition, including a double header with Hearts - which they lost - in 2004 when the tournament was known as the Uefa Cup Steven Gerrard's men finished second in their group having started in the first round of qualifying. The first-leg will take place on 20 February with the return leg taking place the following week.