- Several came from across Canada to see the men’s national squad play friendly in World Cup prep.
- The Linning family from Port Alberni, B.C., traveled almost four hours to Vancouver to see the Canadian men’s national football squad play Panama in a friendly game as part of its World Cup trials on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Fans sporting red and white Canadian national squad football jerseys and holding flags and signs were left crestfallen at B.C entrances. Place in Vancouver Sunday after a friendly game with Panama was abruptly canceled.
“I mean, we just reached the World Cup, a match in Vancouver, and we get to eventually see some excitement for the beautiful play in our nation, and this is what happens?” said Danny Bromley, who was at the downtown stadium with his young son to watch the game.
They had driven almost an hour from Chilliwack, east of Vancouver, to see the men’s national squad play. It would have been the first time the group played in Vancouver since March of 2019.
But the men’s football team was denied the World Cup warm-up game because of an agreement dispute between the players and the sport’s national governing body.
“It’s just not a fair look,” said Bromley.
Alex Linning and his father, mother, and two brothers traveled to Vancouver from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island — which takes almost four hours and has a ferry ride — to see Canada’s men’s national football team in action.
After learning the match was revoked, the family sat in front of B.C. Place with their football jerseys and signs they had brought to cheer on the team.
“Unhappy,” said Linning. “I just wish they would have canceled a little bit sooner.”
Source – cbc.ca