Some soccer fans missed out on the highly-anticipated soccer match between Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club earlier this week after their tickets were abruptly cancelled ahead of the match.
According to LA Galaxy, some tickets in the LA Galaxy supporter sections were under investigation and cancelled after finding out that some LAFC supporters were posing as youth soccer clubs.
“Due to safety and security concerns for all fans in attendance, and an inability to relocate these buyers, these tickets were cancelled and a full refund was issued,” a statement from the team said.
The team was trying to keep LA Galaxy and LAFC fans separate, but now, a legitimate youth soccer team stuck in the middle didn’t get to see the game. Robiare Romera, the vice president of the Laguna Futbol Club, a youth soccer club in South Los Angeles, told Los Angeles CBS that he had purchased 400 tickets from the LA Galaxy for the team and their parents. However, just two days before the game, dubbed El Trafico, all of his tickets were cancelled.
LA Galaxy is reportedly working with Laguna Futbol Club to arrange for the team to come to another match in the future.
LA Galaxy won 3-2 during Friday’s match. They are set to take on Club Tijuana today, followed by games against Portland, Atlanta United, D.C. United, and FC Dallas in the coming weeks.