Indonesian promoter to repay Chelsea fans

Both Chelsea, which does not charge fans to meet players, and the promoter put the debacle down to a cultural misunderstanding ahead of the team's first-ever visit to Indonesia, a football-crazy nation of 240 million people.

updated: July 22, 2013 18:56 IST
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Jakarta: An Indonesian sports promoter will return thousands of dollars to local Chelsea fans who were charged a hefty sum to rub shoulders with the players without the Blues' consent, the organiser said Monday.

The scores of fans, some of whom paid more than $2,000 to attend exclusive sideline events, will now meet the players for free before a friendly against the Indonesia All-Stars on Thursday.

The promoter, Nine Sport, said it managed to sell out the nearly 150 tickets to various events within a month.

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