As an Everton fan, having seen many Evertonians being forced to pay hundreds above face value to touts to see their team in the final and stories of more being conned by fake tickets, seeing such a tag-line flash up in Wembley before the final was laughable, considering the FA had supplied every single one of these touts with the tickets in the first place. A pitiful 25,000 was given to each club out of 90,000, leaving a 40,000 supply of tickets potentially available to touts.
This is not a problem that only affects the top 4 fans, it will affect many fans in the future. In the last decade, 12 teams outside the top four and 4 outside the top flight appeared in the Carling and FA Cup finals, a total of 20 different teams have appeared in the two major finals, and any club from 60 clubs in England has a chance to get to a major final in the next decade. This is an issue which affects most fans.
We understand the financial problems with the FA, and we understand the need for Club Wembley, but what is unexplainable is the 23,000 tickets given out to people who have little interest in the game itself and inevitably via an extortionate price tag, the tickets go back into the hands of the fans of the clubs playing. If most of these tickets will be taken up by fans anyway via touts, then surely the FA should cut out this extortionate middleman and supply the tickets directly.
The Respect Campaign is calling for a rethink from the FA about a fairer allocation, a look into who deserves to be counted as the football family, a greater protection of fans from touts, and a general show of more respect to the life blood of English football, the fans.
So if you want to support the Respect Campaign, please sign the online petition part of our campaign.
Thank You For Your Support.
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1 Posted 05/06/2009 at 09:28:05
I might write to the FA with this observation.
2 Posted 05/06/2009 at 10:53:44
About time fans took control of our game back and most will support this.
3 Posted 05/06/2009 at 10:54:52
CW was the only way I could get a ticket , since i am not a STH, and I had to pay a vast amount (I can’t bring myself to even type it ) - the seats were great but I couldn’t afford to do that every season.
I was sat with a couple who were clearly loaded and admitted they didn’t even like football, but went to all wembley events - they left before the final wistle to avoid the traffic and the guy even fell asleep during the game.
They told me the paid £20k per seat for ten years! That how the stadium was financed.
But even considering that that 28k seats that should have gone to real fans of the two teams.
I will sign your petition - for all the good it will do ...
4 Posted 05/06/2009 at 11:59:01
The FA caused this situation and are therefore to blame for it
5 Posted 05/06/2009 at 12:21:25
Daft because as I say, these were tickets that county FA’s had given to grassroots football clubs all over the country to be raffled off or whatever. How do they know that Billy in South Shields is an Everton Fan? Or that Jonny from Hull supports Chelsea? Seats in this area should have been neutral.
It’s an open admission from the FA that they knew the tickets would be sold on - otherwise the area wouldn’t have been assigned to Chelsea on the ticket. Our tickets legit, face value and we still got screwed over.
6 Posted 05/06/2009 at 12:49:43
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8 Posted 05/06/2009 at 13:12:20
We were eventually escorted in to the Everton end where they left us standing in a corner missing 10 minutes of the game. We eventually sneaked away and were very lucky to find 2 empty seats. I don't know what happened to the other 15 or 20 with us which included women and children. I will be certainly writing to Chelsea FC but wont be holding my breath for a response.
9 Posted 05/06/2009 at 13:33:32
I certainly didn’t see any Chelsea fans sitting in our end.
10 Posted 05/06/2009 at 13:48:57
I’d do it all again though.
11 Posted 05/06/2009 at 14:06:41
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13 Posted 05/06/2009 at 16:24:01
14 Posted 06/06/2009 at 00:46:57
A facebook group has also been set up, all are welcome to join and I’ll post updates on the campaign on there
Thanks for your support.
15 Posted 08/06/2009 at 12:59:59