Monday, 14th April, 2014

Arsenal have criticised the English Football Association for awarding them just 25,000 tickets for the FA Cup final.

The Gunners booked their spot in the final by beating Wigan Athletic on Saturday, while Hull City, who have also been handed an allocation of 25,000, defeated Sheffield United.

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It stands in stark contrast to the 49,000 tickets Arsenal received for the FA Cup semi-final and CEO Ivan Gazidis has expressed the club's unhappiness.

"We are disappointed many of our supporters and also those of Hull City will be unable to get tickets to the cup final", he told his club's site.


"We fully understand this is the showpiece FA fixture to celebrate the game as a whole, but we also believe the loyal supporters of the competing teams deserve a greater chance to see their team play in what is one of the biggest matches of the season. The balance in the FA’s allocation system is not right.

"Arsenal have approximately 45,000 season ticket holders and 150,000 members, many of whom come to games.

"They all give us their loyal support throughout a season but with the FA Cup final allocation at 25,000 there will be many disappointed Arsenal fans, who have supported the club home and away for years, who will be unable to get a ticket to this historic match."

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