After MOTHERWELL initially urged their fans not to travel to Albania for their Europa League tie next week, they did a U-turn by giving their fans green light to go. They are going to play against KS Flamurtari on Thursday next week.

As Scotsman newspaper put it, “it is a diplomatic gaffe that will ensure a daunting match becomes even more competitive. Motherwell FC were last night forced to retract a warning that urged the club’s supporters not to travel to Albania for a Europa Cup fixture.”

The Scottish Premier League side said that they have taken the advice of Foreign Office and Police who recommended not to travel to Albania.

Motherwell FC put a notice on their website which read: “Fans should be aware that, in the interests of safety and security, both the Foreign Office and Strathclyde Police have advised fans not to travel to Albania at all next week. As a result, the club will not be chartering a flight and would ask fans currently considering making the journey to seriously reconsider.”

“Whoever wrote this has the wrong information about Albania now, not five years ago,” said Vata, the former Albania international who is now a football agent.

“We became part of Nato three or four months ago and have applied for the European Union.

“You don’t become a member of Nato if you don’t have stability and security.

“Vlore is a beautiful city, lying by the sea in the south of Albania, and I can tell all the Motherwell fans they would love the experience.”

“I was watching the game between Vllaznia Shkodër, my hometown team, and Sligo Rovers and there were so many Sligo Rovers fans enjoying the experience,” he said.

Links:
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/display.var.2519212.0.motherwell_urge_fans_not_to_travel_to_albania.php
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/low/football/teams/m/motherwell/8144193.stm
http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Albania-here-we-come-after.5450414.jp