Arsenal enforce reduced FA Cup allocation for Scousers

Arsenal enforce reduced FA Cup allocation for Scousers

Citing safety precautions, Arsenal have decided that Liverpool will only receive 5,186 tickets for the FA Cup fifth round clash at the Emirates on 16 February despite being eligible for 9,000.

The allocation, which is the same received by Sp*rs and Coventry* in the previous rounds of this year’s competition, ensures that all travelling supporters will be housed in the lower tier of the Clock End. The price for these tickets is set at a maximum of £35.50 with the game recently given Category B status.

The Gunners are believed to have expressed concern at the prospect of thousands of Reds fans potentially standing in the upper tier where they’d have sandwiched a band of Gooners in corporate seats. We only let that happen when we’ve continental opposition in town, because they’re all civilised with their choreographed chants and whatnot.

The spare upper tier tickets, those that aren’t already occupied by Arsenal season ticket holders, will be sold at £54 a pop to Gooners.

Liverpool fans’ group Spirit of Shankly, who’d previously joined forces with the AST and BSM to rally Arsenal to keep prices down, expressed frustration at the ‘missing’ 3,814 seats:

“In our letter to both clubs last week, we made clear that as well as reduced ticket prices and consideration being taken for the impact on supporters’ travel arrangements with regards to any proposed kick-off time, that we wished to be given the full 15% allocation in line with FA rule (21(a)).

“This would amount to approximately 9,000 tickets, somewhat higher than the announced allocation. As a result, we have immediately re-written to both clubs today to ask them to explain this decision.”

We suspect Ivan Gazidis will be filing that letter in the bin, where it’ll join Kim Kallstrom’s medical records and Joe Kinnear’s CV.

If the game ends in a draw, Liverpool will be well within their rights to give Arsenal a reduced allocation, below the 15% stipulated by the FA, for the replay.

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*Coventry were offered the full 9,000 tickets but after slow sales settled on the lower figure.

 

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    • given that they’ll lose, I don’t care if we give them half the stadium. More of them go home disappointed.

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    • Safety, hah. It’s revenue maximisation again. In the short term, maybe it appeals to an Arsenal fan because it means more allocation for our support in the stadium. In the long term, since we have the highest prices in England, Arsenal fans are going to miss several opportunities to watch the team play away at more reasonable prices (even including travel cost).

      Less away support, higher long term fan expenditure. The FFP better come in pretty damn fast because it sure isn’t the corporates feeling the pinch.

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      • Learn the difference between “to”, “two” and “too” before chastising someone on their ability to write English. You only make yourself look stupid.

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      • With YOUR help I have learnt to spell BELLEND. Let me return the favour Stan, ‘your’ is not the correct contraction of ‘you are’, that would be correctly spelt ‘YOU’RE’.

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      • Pretty racist, Stan. We saw another racist get banned last month. Are you trying to be the next one to go? Certainly no-one would miss you.

        By the way, have you ever heard that old saying about glass houses and stones? It’d be a good idea to use correct spelling and grammar in your own racist post, if you are trying to use your racism to point out someone else’s spelling and grammatical errors.

        Idiot.

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      • I think by Indonesia, he means that Indonesian Gooner is unlikely to have attended any live games. How would he know Mugsmashers are cavemen?

        It is the geography that matters.

        I am from South East Asia myself, not really too bothered by the remark given the context of it.

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    • Look, I’m a foreign gooner as well. Scousers might as well be the most primitive… but I don’t think we should be commenting on that at the end of the day. It’s a very Jose Mourinho-like thing to do.

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    • i think we only gave Sp*rs some 3000 odd. Glad to know that the board doesn’t see anybody lower than that scum.

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  1. We’ll only realise the implications of this when we get a massive 1/4 final and someone does it to us. Its almost saying scousers are too mental to have at THOF. Our own away fans are equal to any in noise, celebration and standing. We’re just making a rod for others to beat us with.

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  2. They gave Chelsea 9,000 in the League Cup & they stood up all game long. It would be funny if that was the reason the club won’t do it any more?

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  3. Understand why they’d be pissed off but if it cuts their noise & raises ours even 5% then I’m all for it. Fortress Emirates & fuck all the rest

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  5. What does it matter anyways? I’m surprised 9’000 of them can make the trip.
    ‘Cos they’ll never get a job! They’ll never get a job…sign on!

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  6. I think it’s to do with the fact that we’re giving them reduced pricing. If the home support are paying more, then we make more money by giving them more seats, which means we can afford to allow the Scousers to pay less. It’s one or the other. Realistically, they could have put it as a category A and given Liverpool the 9000 seats, and only 5000 would have paid.
    If we want to compete with the likes of City and Chelski in transfers, we have to charge more… It’s unfortunate, but we do have debts to pay.

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    • Sad but accurate. If every club competed based on commercial contracts and stadium revenue, the only team we’d have to compete with would be United. Like in the good old days when it was us and them every year for the title.

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  7. On the subject of standing I find it pretty frustrating that red action can stand all game no pribs soon as anyone else stands they are threatened with being ejected with a game ban. FFS Arsenal get your priorities right. Do you want an atmosphere in the stadium or not?
    I was pulled out of the crowd on sunday and told to sit or leave. Lmao the strward told me fans who have been coming years cant see. Well fucking excuse me ive only been attending games since the 80s si I guess that makes me a nobody. I took on board what the steward said to me about disabled people not being able to stand and I eloquently pointed out that most clubs seat their disabled near to the front not at the very rear. I then asked if there were disabled people behind red action section. Low and behold there are. So its ok for those wheelchair bound people to not see the game. Double standards and discrimination if you ask me.
    Rant over soz lol

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  8. 5000 scouters are plenty. The 5000 spurs “fans” ripped out sets, coined stewards and Theo. The 9000 chavs were hideous and intimidating on the walk home. Napoli fans beat up locals and business. Experienced a mounted police charge for the first time after Spurs early in the season. Sensible decision.

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  9. I agree. Keep the troubled away fans numbers as low as possible. Personally, I won’t give spur fans a single seat in Emirates stadium. I have seen how they behaved throwing things at Walcott. I still haven’t forgotten how they reacted when Cambell went there for the first time after signing for arsenal. They are just bitter bunch of scum.

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  10. Can’t really blame them for wanting a day out in London, have you ever been up there, even makes Tott*nham look palatial …

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  11. I am an avid Arsenal fan and my second favourite place in England behind London is Liverpool. It’s a fantastic place to be. This North South divide is pathetic. There are shitty places and people in both London and Liverpool yet they are two fantastic places full of interesting people. If we don’t treat them like hooligans they may well be less inclined to act like them.

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  12. Wow. Bit of a YouTube moment at the beginning of this thread. All we needed were a couple of N bombs, a cat playing a piano and a mention of Justin Bieber and I wouldn’t have known none the wiser

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  13. Guys, totally off topic but are there any auction style fantasy football games that I could play online. Oh ones that are free.

    Thx

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  14. Anfield can only offer us a maximum of around 6000 seats. Why should we offer more than them. Plus the club makes an extra 60000k from selling those 3000 tickets to gooners instead of scousers. Have to wonder if they would have been given more seats if the game wasn’t reclassified.

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  15. I can understand if this is done on the grounds of safety. If there are any other motives – and I’m quite sure there aren’t – then I don’t think it’s in the spirit of fair play. I’ll get thumbed down for this, but nonetheless. Anyway, it doesn’t sound like something our club would do, too classy for that.

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    • What does it matter if you get thumbed down? its just your opinion this is what annoys me about this site getting thumbs down doesn’t make you wrong…

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  16. No disrespect to the home crowd – I can hear the chants all the way across Asia. But, just out of curiosity, do only the away fans stand up and chant with their hearts out for the whole 90 minutes? As far as I can comprehend, most Gooners at home just sit and watch. Like it’s a movie. Forgive me if I’m wrong.

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    • Away fans at all grounds tend to be allowed to stand, where as all clubs seem to force home support to sit. I think Swansea or Cardiff are experimenting with moving ‘persistent standers’ to a certain section. For me the sooner we reintroduce standing the better.

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  17. Hey Goons I’m headin to my first away game v Liverpool on Saturday, massively pumped, any ideas which pub fellow goons will be in pre match?? Cheers.

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    • Pretty much every pub within a mile radius! The Wetherspoons next Hihbury & Islington tube is always packed with gooners before a game.

      I quite like the Herbert Chapman on Holloway Road (natch). Especially after the game when there is more likelihood of getting a beer!

      My personal preference is for stronger ‘craft beers’, so I usually have a few in the Craft Beer Co’s Islington pub, but that is near Angel and so about 25 minutes walk to the Emirates.

      Happy pre and post game drinking!

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  18. “If the game ends in a draw, Liverpool will be well within their rights to give Arsenal a reduced allocation, below the 15% stipulated by the FA, for the replay.”

    Is this true? I know Sp*rs threatened the same but I guess the FA have approved this reduction in ticket allocation as they agree that there are safety concerns. Would they approve a reduced allocation on the basis of ‘they did it first’? I should add that I think it would be only fair if they did.

    Also – I’ve seen a lot of sarcastic rhetoric along the lines of ‘how can a new stadium not accommodate opposition fans safely’ which kind of misses the point that modern fans cannot be trusted to be seated close to rival fans. Yes, sandwiching corporate customers between groups of travelling fans was probably not the greatest idea, but then again its not as if our stadium is different from many around Europe.

    Having seen the recent behaviour of Sp*rs fans along with witnessing things thrown at the Emirates (a mobile phone at Frank Lampard (fat wanker) a few years ago) it seems to me the debate should be about the behaviour of fans.

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  19. I’m looking at getting a ticket for this game. It’s a bit irritating that the Scousers will have the better seats and at £20 cheaper than Arsenal fans on the tier above.

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  20. Thanks Shuggie, but I meant the game IN LIVERPOOL this Saturday! Not been up there so not sure where the travelling Goons will be boozing….

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    • Oops. Sorry, for the patronising respone in that case! The key word I missed was ‘away’!

      Not helped by the fact that we are playing them twice in the next couple of weeks!

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