Shameful official statement released confirming Sunderland v Newcastle away ticket allocation
Fans had been waiting for more away tickets to go to the Sunderland v Newcastle kids Checkatrade Trophy match.
The initial 2,800 tickets were quickly snapped up by NUFC season ticket holders.
However, the rules of the competition say that the away club should be entitled to 10% of capacity, which in this case would have been just under 5,000.
Newcastle United had confirmed that they had requested the full 10% but Sunderland had stated they wanted to break the rules and give their local rivals less than they were entitled to.
A shameful official statement has now been released by the EFL, saying that no more tickets will be given to Newcastle fans for the game on Tuesday 8 January 2019.
The excuse used is that the initial 2,800 tickets is ‘consistent with the club’s previous visits to the Stadium of Light’ in the past.
However, this is laughable, that allocation (3,000 or 10% of a club’s capacity if it is lower than 30,000) is the Premier League rule on away ticket allocations.
For cup matches in both the FA Cup and League Cup (as well as the Checkatrade Trophy)have always been higher.
Regularly you see far higher away followings in cup matches at Premier League stadiums than you would see in PL games, including in cup games where local rivals are drawn against each other.
You obviously know the Police and Sunderland don’t want the hassle of dealing with more Newcastle fans but it sets a dangerous precedent.
I look forward to Newcastle drawing Sunderland at home in the FA Cup (if they ever qualify for the third round again) and hearing their complaints when NUFC only give them 2,800 tickets because it ‘is consistent with the club’s previous visits’ to St James Park.
Newcastle United Official Announcement:
‘EFL statement: Sunderland Checkatrade Trophy tie
It has been determined that Newcastle United supporters will be allocated 2,800 tickets for their upcoming Checkatrade Trophy round three tie with Sunderland.
The EFL reviewed written representations made by Northumbria Police and other key stakeholders in relation to supporter safety following a request from Newcastle United for an increased provision, in line with competition rules, and a recommendation was made to maintain an allocation of 2,800, which is consistent with the club’s previous visits to the Stadium of Light.
The EFL would like to thank Newcastle United for respecting the recommendation.’
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