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Everton fans left bemused by organisation blunder

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Everton fans have been left bemused after a blunder by tournament organisers gave out incorrect information about the tournament's schedule.

The International Champions Cup is facing a backlash from Toffees fans after they learnt that their next opponents in the tournament would be Serie A giants AC Milan, only for tournament organisers to release details of their game with Valencia.

Before the tournament - which is being played in the United States - had kicked off, organisers released an image illustrating the route teams would take as they progressed through each round.

According to the original information, Everton's defeat to Real Madrid meant they would face the losers of 'Match 8' on 7 August (Chelsea v AC Milan) to determine who would finish third.

After Chelsea beat Milan 2-0, excited fans purchased ticked for the match with Milan. But many were left confused when the details of their match with Valencia, and not Milan, were announced and scheduled for 6 August.

It was soon made clear that the International Champions Cup organisers had made an error on their social networking sites as well as on the image sent out before the tournament.

Having originally used a 'bracket-style' system, where it appeared the losing semi-finalists would play each other, a point-based group format was introduced and was poorly communicated to supporters.

With LA Galaxy having a better goal difference over two games, Everton were placed in the fifth place play-off instead.

A statement on the Everton website read: "Everton can confirm that any support who purchased a ticket for Wednesday's International Champions Cup games will be eligible for a refund or a swap to the Tuesday matches.

"The club has been made aware that some supporters may have purchased tickets for 7th August after tournament organisers posted a message on their Twitter feed indicating Everton would play on that day.

"However, with LA Galaxy accruing a superior goal difference over their opening two fixtures, it left Everton in the fifth place play-off position and they will now face Valencia at 9pm at the Sun Life Stadium on Tuesday.

"Blues officials have confirmed they have been aware of the tournament rules from the outset and have discussed the situation with tournament organisers who apologise for any inconvenience caused."

 

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