Aberdeen have complained to UEFA’s match observer over the treatment of supporters in Croatia for last week’s Europa League clash with HNK Rijeka, according to the BBC.

Fans have complained that their section of the stadium was a large cage while others were given fines for drunkenness.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: A general view of Pittodrie Stadium the home of Aberdeen prior to the Pre-Season Friendly between Aberdeen and West Bromwich Albion at Pittodrie Stadium on July 20, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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The Dons lost the first leg clash and welcome the Croatians to Pittodrie on Thursday with their Europa League hopes up in the air.

“According to the decision of the police, because of their safety the Aberdeen fans were detained for 30 minutes after the match,” Aberdeen said in a statement released to the BBC.

“HNK Rijeka also hired (although it did not have the obligation) three buses to transport Aberdeen fans from the city centre to the stadium and vice versa in return, of which one bus was significantly damaged by the fans because the lighting on the bus roof was completely damaged.

“The material damage that HNK Rijeka has to pay has been recorded.”

It seems incredibly unlikely that UEFA will take any action and treatment of away fans in places like Croatia is always followed by horror stories like these.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 11: Niall McGinn of Aberdeen celebrates his sides opening goal during UEFA Europa League First qualifying round match between Aberdeen and RoPS at Pittodrie Stadium on July 11, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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The Dons trail 2-0 in aggregate after the first leg and yesterday’s Scottish Premiership defeat by St. Mirren won’t have done much to help confidence.

However, at least their fans will be in much more familiar – and welcoming – surroundings on Thursday night.


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