Los Angeles Football Club have a big game against the LA Galaxy on Friday, you may have heard about it, and LAFC supporters have been talking about their anticipation of going to Dignity Health Sports Park for the game in the run up to the match.
And then, on Wednesday night this coordinated message went out on social media, all with nearly the same wording:
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With no explanation and a mere 48 hours ahead of the Derby the @lagalaxy front office has begun cancelling hundreds of tickets for Friday’s match vs @lafc. . These cancellations are affecting youth soccer players and their families, casual fans and staunch supporters alike. These actions affect both Galaxy fans and LAFC fans. We anticipate more tickets to be invalidated, with similar lack of cause, until match kick off. . We hoped a club that loves to tout the year of their inception would be able to properly prepare to host a burgeoning rivalry match, but the level of negligence the host club has shown borders on incompetence. . A primary mission of The 3252 is to grow support for the beautiful game, actions such as these enacted by the Galaxy front office are a disservice to the continued growth of the league. . We call upon Major League Soccer (@mls) to remedy this issue immediately.
Canceling hundreds of tickets already sold on the eve of the game sounds bad. What happened?
For now, we appear to enter a “they said, we said” situation. The LA Galaxy have made statements to reporters on why they canceled the tickets.
So here’s the Galaxy explanation of the canceled tickets at DHSP fir Friday’s El Trafico: an “amateur “ partner transferred tix to 3252 in the Galaxy supporter section. Due to safety concerns & inability to relocate those fans the tickets were cancelled.— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) July 18, 2019
#LAGalaxy spox: "A number of tickets were cancelled due to safety and security concerns. A fraudulent amateur partner transferred tickets to 3252 in the LA Galaxy supporters’ section. Due to safety concerns and an inability to relocate these buyers these tickets were refunded."— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) July 18, 2019
The implication on the Galaxy’s end is that LAFC posed as youth soccer team customers or maybe a youth soccer club or clubs entirely? and then used that as a ruse to get tickets for the game.
If you look at social media, however, there are all kinds of discussions between LAFC, Galaxy and neutral supporters alike who claim the youth soccer team thing was a legitimate fundraiser for said clubs and that supporters of both clubs (to say nothing of the youth clubs that lost money) are being caught in the middle.
Right now, we have the Galaxy’s official word and the conflicting word of supporters. Angels on Parade has reached out to LAFC for comment, we’ll let you know if we hear back.
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