Vancouver Whitecaps face class-action lawsuit over Messi no-show recreation

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A B.C. soccer fan has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit towards the Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer (MLS) over an alleged “bait-and-switch” technique used to advertise a soccer recreation that includes the worldwide soccer star Lionel Messi.

On May 25, 2024, the Vancouver Whitecaps have been scheduled to face Inter Miami CF at BC Place.


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Whitecaps followers indignant with Messi no-show in Vancouver


Fans have been enthusiastic about the potential of seeing World Cup winner Lionel Messi play on the sphere accompanied by Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez and Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets, solely to be notified that they wouldn’t present up simply two days earlier than the sport.

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On Tuesday, June 4, Ho Chun submitted a discover of a civil declare in B.C. Supreme Court and is in search of refunds for the roughly 50,000 followers affected by the state of affairs.


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The lawsuit claims that utilizing these well-known gamers as “promotional materials” was a “bait,” that drove worth tickets at a “ten times higher rate” than the same old worth of different Vancouver Whitecaps house video games.

Chun is asking for a partial refund, equal to the distinction between the ticket worth and the typical worth of tickets for different Vancouver Whitecaps house video games, and a full refund for unused tickets and the likelihood for folks to say further loss or damages.


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Lionel Messi skipping Vancouver recreation Saturday


Vancouver Whitecaps FC claims that they first realized that Messi, Suárez, and Busquets weren’t going to make the journey to Vancouver solely on May 23.

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When requested for remark, the membership says that they “acted immediately to communicate the news to ticket holders” on their May 25 assertion and promised followers complimentary tickets for a future 2024 Whitecaps house recreation.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC stated in an announcement that they won’t be offering any additional feedback because of the authorized proceedings.

The MLS additionally stated it was conscious of the submitting, and wouldn’t be commenting.

None of the claims have been confirmed in court docket.

Since final week, greater than 2,500 Whitecaps followers have signed a petition calling on the Vancouver soccer workforce to difficulty a refund for the match, saying they have been deceived and deserve compensation for unusually excessive ticket costs.

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