Newcastle fans will be gutted to learn that Hull City are giving them the minimum number of tickets possible for the EFL Cup quarter final.
Earlier today it was confirmed that the game is a 7.45pm kick-off on Tuesday 29 November (details of all four games below).
However, the Hull Daily Mail have confirmed that Newcastle United approached Hull City and asked for an extra allocation of tickets for the cup-tie, only for the request to be refused.
The reason given by Hull City is that they want to ‘maximise home support’.
This news follows closely on from Leeds United giving Newcastle less than three thousand tickets for the Championship match at Elland Road, despite promising the ‘highest possible allocation’.
No news of exactly how many tickets Newcastle fans will get for the quarter-final but competition rules say the away team should get at least 10% of capacity.
Hull’s KCOM Stadium currently holds just over twenty five thousand, which could mean as few as two and a half thousand tickets for United supporters.
Cynics may say that Hull City want to minimise the number of Newcastle fans, as opposed to maximising the number of home fans.
The last home match at the KCOM Stadium saw only 18,522 turn up for the Premier League game against Stoke, with of course most of those being season ticket holders.
Hull have dropped their prices for the Newcastle match and are charging the following, though no confirmation as yet of which category price applies to Newcastle fans.
Zone one: £9
Zones two and three: £12
Zone four: £15
On top of the minimum number of tickets to be handed out, Newcastle fans won’t be able to watch the game live on Sky Sports either, with the Liverpool and Manchester United games chosen for live broadcast on the two nights.
Tuesday 29 November
Liverpool v Leeds
Hull v Newcastle
Wednesday 30 November
Man United v West Ham
Arsenal v Southampton
(***So Newcastle United’s week at the end of November/beginning of December now looks like this:
Saturday 26 November 3pm home to Blackburn, Tuesday 29 November 7.45pm away at Hull, Friday 2 December 7.45pm away at Notts Forest)