We suggested in the last couple of days that there was a strong possibility that the home club believed that they could sell the game out to their own fans and that looks to be the actual truth.
Sky Tyne and Wear have carried a statement from the Belgian Club;
“The allocation of 1,470 tickets for European games is standard procedure. It is 5% of our stadium capacity. It’s the same amount for every European match. The Birmingham match last year was an exception because the stadium wasn’t sold out, we saw the opportunity to give more tickets to the Birmingham supporters. For the Newcastle game there is lots of interest from our own supporters, so we can’t provide extra tickets”.
What is shocking is that they have waited three weeks before revealing this to those of us on Tyneside and the Belgian club will know fine well that thousands and thousands of people have booked travel and accommodation.
Like most of you I will have the prayer mat out in the hope that Maritimo give them an unlikely looking hammering on the 4th October while we are playing Bordeaux, then finish the job off ourselves when we play Brugges at St.James’ Park in the following round of matches.
If they are pointless after three matches I bet they suddenly find they can make a few thousand more available. I wouldn’t mind betting that the section adjoining Newcastle’s 1,470 seats isn’t being sold yet just in case demand at home fails to fill their ground.
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