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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 April 2007, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
FA explains Cup ticket allocation
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Wembley will host its first FA Cup final since 2000
The Football Association has explained its allocation of FA Cup final tickets.

Finalists Chelsea and Manchester United have each been given 25,000 tickets, with a further 17,000 seats taken by Club Wembley members on 10-year leases.

The remaining 23,000 tickets will go to other clubs alongside grass roots and other football organisations.

A spokesman said: "The final belongs to the whole country, it's also a chance to reward the thousands who give up their time and energy to football."

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The 23,000 tickets go to groups the FA calls "the football family", which include the 92 professional football clubs, 134 full member clubs, Uefa, Fifa and county and international football associations.

Chelsea and Manchester United's own sponsors will be given tickets from the club's allocation, meaning not all of their 25,000 tickets will be available to fans.

Chelsea have already made public their disappointment at the decision.

In a statement on their website, Chelsea said: "We were very disappointed to receive this news as many of our regular fans will now miss out on a great day for both clubs."

The move also raises the possibility of tickets being sold to desperate fans for well above their face value on the black market and internet auction sites, something the FA say they're ready for.

The spokesman told BBC Sport: "We strongly urge fans not to buy any FA Cup final tickets on the black market. These fans will face a real risk of not getting into the game.

"Security measures are in place to prevent people selling on or counterfeiting tickets."



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