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Terek fans promised free tickets for Zenit clash

by Aleksandras Budrys at 21/03/2013 18:00

 All Terek Grozny fans intending to watch their side's next Russian Premier League match will be able to do so for free, Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov said Thursday.

The team received a one-game ban from their home Akhmat Arena stadium after Kadyrov, the club's honorary president, entered the referee's room following Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Rubin Kazan.

“We’ve decided to do everything we can so that our fans don’t suffer from the decision by the disciplinary committee to stage the game at a neutral venue,” Kadyrov was quoted as saying by a spokesperson.

“Regardless of the number of people who want to see the game, everybody will get the opportunity to go there, get tickets and even have lunch for free,” he was quoted as saying.

He said that all expenses will be covered by a regional charity fund named after his father Akhmat, who was assassinated in 2004.

Terek filed an appeal against the ruling, which forces them to play their March 31 home game against Zenit St. Petersburg elsewhere.

Earlier, the club’s president Magomed Daudov said the nearby Caucasus cities of Makhachkala, Vladikavkaz or Nalchik were being considered as venues.

Zenit have sided with Terek against the FA's sanction, saying it is aimed at disrupting the plans of supporters to visit the game.

Terek are eighth in the Russian Premier League standings with nine games remaining.

 

 

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