Sydney FC are making a ‘peace offering’ and fan appreciation of a free Sydney Derby ticket to 100 Peruvian nationals this Saturday night, as Sky Blues’ star goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne prepares to head to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Redmayne leaves for Doha after Saturday’s massive Sydney Derby clash and Sydney FC is encouraging all Socceroos fans to come to the match to wish him farewell.
The 33-year old’s penalty save heroics against Peru booked the Socceroos’ passage to the World Cup Finals in June, and the Sky Blues are keen to build a bridge with Peruvian football fans based in Sydney.
The Blanquirroja fans are renowned as some the best football supporters anywhere in the world having won the “Best Supporter Award” for the 2018 World Cup.
“La Blanquirroja” which means “red and white” in Spanish, has a worldwide presence, including its own branch in Sydney, which, along with Peruvians living in Victoria, Queensland and the ACT, travelled to Qatar on June for rooting for its team.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to hold out an olive branch to the Peruvian community and welcome them to the biggest football match held in the country this year,” said Chief Executive Officer Adam Santo.
“We want to give Andrew a great send off and I encourage all Peruvian supporters to come and witness the most passionate game in Australian football.
“With everything that is planned surrounding the game, this clash is going to be a must-see.”
Peruvian fans wanting to take up the free offer of a free ticket should email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of their Peruvian passport as proof of nationality.
There are 100 tickets available in a special Peruvian section of the crowd and they will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
“Sydney FC’s offer of one free ticket for Peruvian nationals to the Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers derby on Saturday November 12 is greatly appreciated,” said Eliana Beraun, Consulate General of Peru in Sydney.
“This initiative is another tribute to Peruvian football fans who were voted the world’s most passionate fans by FIFA at the 2018 World Cup.
“Through good and bad times; victory or defeat; we stand by our beloved Blanquirroja.
“Peru won’t be at the 2022 Qatar World Cup but the Socceroos will. Go the Socceroos! We wish you all the best.”
Tickets for the Sydney Derby are going fast with a few still available at sydneyfc.com/tickets