Liverpool have issued a strong statement after being offered 658 less tickets than the 15 per cent allocation for their upcoming FA Cup fifth round clash with Chelsea.
Stamford Bridge will hold a reduced due numbers of travelling Reds supporters due to a number of ‘safety factors’.
Chelsea’s Safety Advisory Group have not specified what those factors are and the decision seems to hit a nerve with Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are bidding to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 and have requested more clarification on Chelsea’s decision.
The statement published on Liverpool’s club website reads: “The club has received a total allocation of 5,466 stand tickets from Chelsea Football Club for this all-ticket fixture.
“On receipt of the allocation, LFC challenged CFC on why the number is less than the standard 15 per cent FA Cup allocation.
“The club have been informed that the decision to have a reduced allocation is made by Chelsea’s Safety Advisory Group and is based on a number of factors.
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“Chelsea said that the decision is final and will not change. Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.”
The capacity at Stamford Bridge is listed on the club website as 40,832, with 15 per cent of that being 6,124 tickets.
Liverpool fans are unsurprisingly displeased with the decision and have lashed out at Chelsea.
“This merely reveals the pettiness that Chelski are more than capable of,” said one Reds fan. “Those Travelling Kopites will just have to sing all that much louder.”
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