After a number of correspondence between various Everton supporter groups including ourselves, and politicians in which the FA have come under some scrutiny for allowing decisions made by the Arsenal Safety Advisory Group to reduce the away allocation of 15% for Everton’s away fixture in the upcoming FA Cup Quarter Final at the Emirates, the FA have made the following statement:
The Football Association has outlined the process for deciding away ticket allocations at FA Cup with Budweiser ties.
A spokesman for the competition said: “FA Cup rules allow for an away allocation of up to 15% of the home stadium.
“However this is subject to the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG) agreeing to that ticket allocation number.
“The SAG is made up of services such as the local council, police, fire brigade and the club amongst others and issues the stadium’s health and safety certificate.
“In regards to the Arsenal v Everton Sixth Round tie at the Emirates on Saturday 8 March, the local SAG has chosen to allocate just under 9% to the Everton supporters.
“Although we appreciate the disappointment in the SAG not granting the full 15% allocation, it is nearly double the amount of tickets that Everton would have received for the Premier League fixture at the Emirates back in December.
“The FA does not have any input into the decision of the SAG and cannot change it as this is a matter of health and safety.”
The statement, whilst not surprising is nevertheless still disappointing. At a time when the most famous cup competition in the world is struggling with attendances a strong stance on the side of the biggest stakeholders in the game would have sent the right message to people who flagrantly disregard the rules that govern the competition. This decision is just the latest in a long line of issues that affect the average football fan.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/the-fa-cup/2014/feb/away-ticket-allocations-arsenal-everton#yKpL57ixf3SzUqS7.99