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Dundee Utd after SPL pricing plan

The match between Utd and Rangers was abandoned

Bain and Thompson trade verbal blows

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson would like to see guidelines in place for rearranged matches, following his ongoing row with Rangers' Martin Bain.

The Ibrox chief executive is at odds with United's decision to charge half price for Tuesday's game at Tannadice.

And the pair have been trading conflicting and increasingly hostile views on the matter.

"It would have been helpful if there was somebody neutral in the matter to give us some guidance," said Thompson.

"I've already asked the SPL (Scottish Premier League) could they put some guidelines in place for any future event, so we all know where we stand and there's no debate, or war of words."

Dundee United are charging half-price after the abandonment of the clubs' league meeting on 1 November.

Rangers had hoped ticket stubs for the original match would guarantee free entry for fans.

To accuse me of misleading shareholders is absolutely ridiculous

Martin Bain

On Wednesday, Thompson claimed Bain's attitude has been "disgraceful", which provoked a prompt and angry response from Ibrox.

Thompson has been upset by the counter-claims from Ibrox but wants to put the matter behind him.

"It does hurt, because we're putting our own hard cash into the club and I think you are quite entitled to a view," he told BBC Scotland on Thursday.

"Whatever we decided, someone was going to be unhappy. It was a difficult one.

"It's tit-for-tat now and we need to move on for the better of Scottish football because we all need to work together."

Bain took exception to Thompson's reference to how the matter was handled at Rangers' recent annual meeting, when he was reported saying that he was "disgusted and angry at the attitude of Dundee United".

Thompson also refutes Bain's version of events, with the Rangers man saying: "The game was called off at half-time and I was standing beside the chief executive of the Scottish Premier League (Neil Doncaster) and the chairman of Dundee United (Thompson) and I said to them at that time, 'I hope that you will see sense and make sure that our supporters retain their ticket stubs and get back in for nothing'."

Thompson told BBC Scotland: "I'd like to be clear that I phoned Martin on a Monday, after it had been going back and forth between the clubs for eight days and it wasn't clear what they wanted.

"I asked Martin if he had any opinion and he said 'it is entirely up to you, it's your home game'..

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"Based on that, I told him there would be no refund. It will be £12 and £6 and he didn't make any comment at that particular time. Suddenly, weeks later, it's become a big issue.

"I found it interesting that it came out at the agm that he was disgusted and annoyed. He's got to look after his fans, but I felt it was a strong word over ticket pricing."

However, after releasing a second statement on the matter on Wednesday, Bain added on Thursday: "To accuse me of misleading shareholders is absolutely ridiculous and it's a matter that I will now pursue.

"There's probably a second point as well. I'm standing with a folder with a rack of emails that collaborates exactly what I said to shareholders and I find it very, very odd that a statement can be made that says the first Dundee United knew about our frustration was after a public statement when the emails corroborate the fact that the dates on them were sent before the public statement."

In turn, Thompson said: "I'm not sure how he's (Bain) going to take things further, that's entirely up to him.

"As far as I'm concerned, enough has been said on the matter. We've all got bigger issues to deal with.

"I'm going to move on from it and welcome him to Tannadice on Tuesday."

Thompson insists fans were never told their original ticket stubs would be valid for the replay and reduced pricing for the rescheduled match is a fair reflection of the operational costs incurred by the Tayside club.

He also stressed that any profit generated from Tuesday's match will go to the charity United for Kids.

The visitors were leading the original match 1-0 at half-time when referee Mike Tumelty called a halt to proceedings due to a waterlogged pitch.



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see also
Dundee Utd defend half-price plan
17 Nov 09 |  Scottish Premier
New date for Dundee Utd v Rangers
03 Nov 09 |  Scottish Premier
Half-time call off at Tannadice
01 Nov 09 |  Scottish Premier


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