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Newcastle fans short-changed with TV fixtures

6 years ago
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Newcastle fans can feel short-changed with the confirmation of live TV [intlink id=”191″ type=”page”]fixtures [/intlink]to be shown in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

After supplying all the drama Sky bosses could have hoped for by knocking out Manchester City on their home turf, it looked a no-brainer that Tottenham v Newcastle would have been an obvious choice to be televised.

With whatever ticket allocation Newcastle are given, sure to sell out quickly, the rest of the fanbase looked nailed on to be able to watch it on the box.

I understand the giant killer aspect having appeal but surely having two massive clubs such as Spurs and Newcastle meeting each other should have guaranteed live coverage, especially with the rollercoaster ride both of our clubs are experiencing this season.

The draw when it was made, produced the following four ties;

Derby County v Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Bournemouth v Liverpool

Sheffield United v Southampton

Sky have chosen to schedule the Derby v Chelsea and Bournemouth v Liverpool ties at the expense of United’s.

The Newcastle match at White Hart Lane has been confirmed for Wednesday 17th December, only four days before United face the mackems at St.James’ Park.

Spurs have announced reasonable ticket prices of £25 adults (OAPs £10 and Under 18s £5), very reasonably priced but not much good if you can’t get your hands on one.

A recent article we published, confirmed that Newcastle should be handed 5,442 tickets for the quarter-final, as the away clubs are granted 15% of the tickets under League Cup rules.

However, the last round saw Brighton allocated a lower figure of 4,100 despite asking for the higher amount, this was claimed to be because of ‘operational reasons’.

Any allocation of course depends on Newcastle United having asked for the maximum number of tickets possible, we await to see whether the club have done right by both the fans and players, by allowing United to have the biggest support possible on the night.

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