Sheffield Steelers fans "compensated" with just £100 after One Direction 'pinch' venue


Sheffield Steelers fans who travelled to Belfast Giants for a game that was postponed in favour of a One Direction gig will get just £100 each.

That is the fee that the Elite League says Belfast Giants and Sheffield Steelers have 'agreed' in compensation following the postponement of the match between the two sides at the SSE Arena last month.

One Direction

One Direction

Steelers don't think the amount is enough for supporters who flew to Belfast and stayed overnight.

But the South Yorkshire team will have their expenses met by Belfast when they play the re-arranged game in Northern Ireland - so the matter is deemed settled.

The multi-millionaires of One Direction don't appear to have been involved in the financial settlement.

The ice hockey match, which should have been played on Friday 23rd October, was cancelled to accommodate the concert which was moved at short notice.

Belfast Giants head of hockey operations, Steve Thornton, said: “'We are pleased that this matter has been resolved.

"We would like to thank the fans for their understanding and look forward to hosting the rescheduled game."

Tony Smith, owner of Steelers, said: “I am still very annoyed at the course of action the Belfast owners took in cancelling a game at such short notice.

"We have to move on though and at the board meeting yesterday the league decided that this was the best way forward.

"It took some time but in the end we got the fans some compensation and that was our number one priority."

A new date for the fixture will be confirmed shortly.