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Sydney Super Cup organizers have accused Rangers of letting their fans down and have denied claims they reneged on aspects of the contract.
Rangers announced on Thursday that they will not take part in the tournament in Australia in November, which would have seen them play Celtic overseas for the first time.
Tickets for the tournament went on sale in mid-March but Rangers claimed organizers were “unwilling to meet their commitments” to club Ibrox.
In a statement posted on the host venue’s website, the Accor Stadium, tournament co-hosts TEG Sport and Left Field Live said: “We were disappointed to wake up this morning to Rangers FC’s statement according to which it will not. compete in the Sydney Super Cup.
“The Rangers board entered into these fixtures after lengthy negotiations over eight months.
“Seemingly in response to the negative fan reaction, they pulled out of their contract commitment.
“We worked closely with all stakeholders to bring this exciting event to Sydney and we refute any suggestion that we were unwilling to deliver on our commitments to Rangers.
“We acted in good faith and put the event on sale with great fan response here.
“By changing their minds, the Rangers board have let down huge numbers of fans in Australia and the Asian region.
“We will now consult with our stakeholders before determining our response.”
Rangers were due to play Western Sydney Wanderers on November 16 and Celtic four days later during the break from domestic football for the World Cup.
A number of supporters had complained about the plan and the protests disrupted Rangers’ recent win over Dundee as fans repeatedly threw tennis balls and banners around the park.
It is understood Rangers cited branding and payment issues, as well as the timing and manner of the initial announcement, when alleging breaches of contract by the organisers.
The decision not to play in Australia has been welcomed by the main group of fans, Club 1872, which owns around 5% of Rangers shares, and have criticized the Ibrox hierarchy in recent weeks.
“We now hope that through meaningful engagement with supporters and shareholders, Rangers will find a more appropriate way to give overseas supporters the opportunity to see the team play live in November,” a statement from the group read.