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Bengaluru FC's classy gesture to a fan who walked to the stadium

Bengaluru FCs classy gesture to a fan who walked to the stadium
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Published: 31 Jan 2019 5:52 AM GMT
Bengaluru FC, since its inception, has emerged as an Indian football club with quite the massive fan culture. And when one talks about the club, it is difficult to do so without mentioning West Block Blues, the passionate group of supporters who have probably become as famous as the club itself due to their signature passion, large banners and catchy chants. In an incident yesterday, Bengaluru FC, as a club, showed its class and justified this wide fan following that it commands. Berating the impossible traffic conditions that the city of Bengaluru is famous for, one distraught fan tweeted out the difficulty of reaching the stadium in time for yesterday's ISL clash between Bengaluru and Northeast United FC. "Left Yelahanka around 4:30 1 and half hour bus journey and the bus got stuck in the traffic jam at a single stop for another half hour," Twitter user Ravi Kiran posted. Anxious to make it to the stadium to support his team, he decided to dump the bus he was traveling and cover the remaining distance by foot. "Decided to walk to the stadium for Bengaluru FC game been walking for almost 40 min now and there is still 26 min of walking left," he wrote. https://twitter.com/RaviKir01552912/status/1090607318444711939 The plight and the passion of the supporter caught the eyes of the club who then decided to ease the problem in the classiest way possible. They offered him a VIP ticket once he reached the stadium for the game because according to them, this particular fan was nothing short of important. They accompanied their tweet with the hashtag #FansFirst https://twitter.com/bengalurufc/status/1090608110752813058 Despite inducing mixed reactions when the club was first formed, because nobody was quite sure about how the culture of football in the city would be retained by the new club which was essentially a mix of older, more established clubs, Bengaluru City FC has since become a pinnacle of Indian football. In a country where cricket is the most followed sport, gestures like this help support and grow fanbases for local clubs in national leagues and consequently, this promotes the sport as well. Yesterday's ISL clash was won by Bengaluru FC who defeated NEU 2-1.
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