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Sports reporter Daisuke Nakajima was mightily hacked off after travelling halfway round the world for a match that was postponed.
The Japanese journalist, who writes for Footballista magazine in Tokyo, flew more than 6,000 miles to cover Glasgow Rangers FC playing at Elgin City.
After 14 hours on a plane and nearly five on a train he reached Edinburgh.
But he still had another 117 miles to go before he would be watching the action at the Borough Bridge stadium – capacity 4,520 – on the north coast.
When at last he arrived at the ground it was like a ghost town.
Officials had called off the game for safety reasons. More tickets had been sold than the terraces could hold.
They feared problems if 1,000 extra fans turned up for the weekend fixture.
Daisuke said yesterday: “It was a very tiring, wasted journey.
“There are a lot of fans of Scottish football in Japan and the story of Rangers is of great interest.
“The match at Elgin looked particularly interesting and unusual.
“I thought that covering an away game would illustrate the kind of problems Rangers face.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Well Mr Nakajima won’t be making that mistake again. One does have to wonder why a) Elgin City thought it was wise to sell more tickets than they had seats for the game and b) why the game had to be called off when surely they just needed to declare the previous tickets null and void and then start again.
You can bet any money that this game will be a corker when it actually does get played. Perhaps Elgin City and Rangers can arrange to fly this Japanese tourist over as a guest of honour as recompense?
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