One Direction: Steelers and Giants agree compensation over concert

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Sheffield Steelers and Belfast Giants have agreed compensation after a game between the sides was postponed in order to stage a One Direction concert.

The 23 October match at the SSE Arena in Belfast was called off to allow the pop group to reschedule a concert.

"I'm still very annoyed at the action the Belfast owners took in cancelling a game at such short notice," said Steelers owner Tony Smith on Wednesday.

"We got the fans some compensation and that was our number one priority."

Steelers fans who travelled for the game will each be compensated £100 while the Giants will be responsible for covering Sheffield's expenses in the rearranged match.

The One Direction concert was moved to 23 October after their gig three days earlier was postponed when singer Liam Payne fell ill.

The Elite League match was called off two days before it was scheduled to take place, with a new date for the fixture yet to be confirmed.

At the time Smith called the postponement "unacceptable"external-link and said it was "not the end of the matter".

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

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

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