With rows of empty seats still to sell only 24 hours before the derby clash, Sunderland have warned off Newcastle fans trying to buy up the unsold seats that Sunderland can’t sell to their own fans.
Those with a previous history of buying tickets at the Stadium of Light are allowed to buy up to six tickets each for the derby game and Sunderland are seriously worried at the prospect of large numbers of Newcastle fans getting tickets amonst their own supporters.
The Wearside club have also warned their own fans that there will be consequences if they buy up further tickets that end up in the hands of Newcastle supporters, saying all tickets can be traced back to the original purchaser
‘Sunderland supporters wishing to buy tickets for this game are advised that they must have a valid SAFC customer number and a purchasing history which is recorded on the club’s database. All tickets can be traced to the original purchaser.
Supporters are reminded that they are responsible for any tickets bought under their name and customer number.’
On Tuesday we first reported that Sunderland were struggling to sell out Sunday’s derby match, this brought an angry reaction from a Sunderland supporters, including one who claimed he’s just been in the Sunderland ticket office and there were less than 100 tickets left.
Four days later and those ‘100’ tickets still haven’t shifted
Remaining tickets are priced from only £32 (£15 for kids) but before any ticketless Newcastle fans get any bright ideas, tickets will only be sold to you if you have a valid SAFC customer number and a purchasing history which is recorded on the club’s database.
Newcastle’s allocation was sold out some time ago and it’s just a shame that a much larger allocation wasn’t given to United, to both avoid Sunderland’s embarrassment of rows of empty pink seats AND helping to ensure that Newcastle fans didn’t end up in the home end causing possible conflict.