Steve Demands Answer from FA on Everton Ticket Allocation(February 25, 2014)
Everton MP Steve Rotheram has demanded to see the evidence which led the chairman of the Football Association to sanction a reduced ticket allocation for the FA Cup Quarter Final tie between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
In recent FA Cup ties, Arsenal have dramatically reduced the allocation they have given to Tottenham and Liverpool fans compared with the 9,000 they offered to Coventry City fans in round 3 of the competition. Now it seems that FA rules may have been breached in order to reduce the allocation for Everton with Arsenal claiming that persistent standing is behind the reduction in tickets for the visitors.
In a letter to Greg Dyke, Rotheram explained, “In the 21st century, with the Emirates stadium the most modern ground in the top flight having only opened in July 2006, it is somewhat perplexing that Arsenal Football Club can have such little confidence in their own stewarding structure that they feel the only course of action is to deny more than 4,000 Evertonians the chance to enjoy the FA Cup quarter final.
“I would appreciate it if you could provide the analysis that encouraged you to support the decision by Arsenal Football Club on this matter.
“This decision calls into question the validity of the Football Association’s claims that it is working hard to restore the romanticism of the FA Cup and I strongly urge you to reconsider this course of action and allow Everton to sell their full allocation of tickets for such an important game”.