In the aftermath of the Hull v Newcastle tickets fiasco, Hull City have felt it necessary to release an official statement, which explains why they are giving Manchester United fans more tickets than they gave Newcastle supporters for the quarter-final of the League Cup.
Man Utd are receiving an allocation of 3,800 tickets, whereas Newcastle only received 2,474, the absolute minimum that competition rules dictated.
WIth Hull’s fans protesting against the club’s owners and many boycotting, it was seen as a cynical move to limit the number of away fans embarrassing the owners, with so few home supporters expected.
The final crowd figure was given as 16,243, with countless Newcastle fans in all of the home stands, despite threats of being thrown out if identified.
The eventual count saw over 8,700 empty seats, despite the undercover Mags looking to make up the shortfall.
Ironically, Hull City have made an official statement in response to their fans complaining about giving Manchester United fans TOO MANY tickets.
Supporters unhappy that season ticket holders are being moved to accommodate the away fans, as well as a belief that Hull fans could have potentially bought all of the tickets this time.
Hull’s statement claims that they have increased the allocation for Manchester United fans after complaints that restricting the tickets to Newcastle supporters ‘dampened the atmosphere’.
Hull fans are also kicking off because Manchester United are charging £37 for an adult ticket at Old Trafford, whilst the game at Hull sees tickets priced for adults from £18 (against Newcastle they started at £9).
Hull City Official Statement:
“The club received criticism in the previous round for not allocating more tickets to Newcastle Utd which was said to dampen the atmosphere. We have reacted to this and allocated Man Utd a larger number of seats. In order to accommodate these, the club has to allocate more space to the away side, either from the East or North Stand.
“Allowing for the required segregation moving supporters from the East Stand would displace more home supporters than the North Stand which is why this decision has been taken. The club have allocated Man Utd 3,800 tickets.
“West Stand upper will initially be closed again in order to improve the atmosphere by filling out the bowl before selling into this area. We would hope that a game of this magnitude would require this.
“The rules of the competition do not dictate that both teams need to have equal prices for both legs. We are hoping supporters would praise our decision to start tickets from £18 for Members whereas Man Utd have chosen to make their leg £37, more than double, and £13 more than a Zone 4 seat at the KCOM.
“The club has responded to supporters queries on Twitter but has not had any direct complaints on this match to date.”