Sydney FC are offering 100 free tickets to Peru fans for Saturday night’s derby against Western Sydney Wanderers.
The match will be Andrew Redmayne’s final appearance for the Sky Blues ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
The Australian goalkeeper booked the Socceroos’ place in Qatar after his penalty shootout heroics helped the team edge past Peru in a playoff match.
Peruvian fans have since become slightly obsessed with Redmayne, who jumped around in goals prior to his crucial saves.
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As a peace gesture of sorts, Sydney FC will be handing out 100 free tickets for the upcoming Sydney Derby to fans that can prove they do hail from Peru.
“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,” Sydney FC’s chief executive officer Adam Santo said.
“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.”
Eliana Beraun, Consulate General of Peru in Sydney, also welcomed the gesture ahead of such a big A-League Men game.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
As a farewell to Andrew Redmayne before the World Cup, we are making a ‘peace offering’ to Peru fans ahead of the Sydney Derby 🇵🇪
We have 100 tickets available to Peruvian nationals for the Sydney Derby and you can find out how to redeem them below ⤵️
— Sydney FC (@SydneyFC) November 9, 2022
The first Sydney Derby of the 2022/23 season will also be the first played at the renovated Allianz Stadium with a crowd well over 20,000 expected.
Both teams come into the match after losses last weekend and they won’t face off again until February next year.
The Wanderers have started the new campaign in better form and currently sit second in the ALM, while Sydney FC find themselves sixth with two wins from their first five games.