Everton surprised over United allocation furore

| July 21, 2012 | 1 Comment

Everton have expressed surprise at national coverage of proposed ticket allocations for Manchester United fans after it was revealed there will be just 26 fewer seats than usual in the away section at Goodison Park.

Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) has asked for greater transparency on allocations – a message covered in local newspaper Manchester Evening News and nationally in The Independent.

However, Everton Director of Communications Paul Tyrell said he is ‘surprised’ by the level of coverage, adding “They’re getting a grand total of 26 fewer tickets!”

Liverpool Council’s Licensing Committee is set to reduce the number of away tickets sold to Manchester United after away fans blocked aisles and gangways in previous visits.

The Council’s report said “ “In general, most away supporters who visit Everton either do not stand or do not stand in gangways; however, this is not the case for Manchester United.

“EFC played Manchester United on October 29, 2011. The away spectators had the usual allocation in the Upper and Lower tier of the Bullens Road Stand (approx 3,125).

“The Licensing Unit attended the game and noted that, in spite of the efforts of the Club, the gangway . . . in the Upper Tier (nearest the Park End Stand) was closed over by spectators standing in the gangway.

“In previous seasons some encroachment into the gangways here had occurred but it was minimal. This game saw an increase in that activity.”

Similar problems were also reported at Anfield in previous seasons and the move is being taken to ensure the safety of supporters.

However, a MUST spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: “We would urge Liverpool, Everton and Liverpool City Council to tell us what allocations they are proposing to impose so we can give constructive feedback and do our bit towards making these two fixtures as safe as possible.”

Everton face Manchester United on the first game of the 2012/13 Premiership season on Monday 20th August.

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  1. Dale Haslam says:

    Everton might have been surprised at the coverage but we were surprised that it took them two weeks to tell us how many tickets they were going to give United for this game.

    United fans’ groups asked every authority that would know for this information and was either snubbed or ignored.

    MUST’s press release – from which the quotes used in the Manchester Evening News came – was released before Everton had revealed the figure.

    There was only so much coverage because we didn’t know what we were dealing with – had Everton said from the outset that it was 26 seats, we would have been pleased.

    In any event, we are now working with the council and other authorities in an attempt to solve this problem and we are strongly urging United fans to keep the aisles clear at Monday’s game.

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