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Everton seek Cup ticketing review

Robert Elstone
Elstone has been left frustrated by his side's allocation of Cup final tickets

Everton chief executive Robert Elstone will table a motion on the allocation of FA Cup final tickets at the Premier League's next meeting.

The Blues are upset they have just over 25,000 tickets for the Wembley showpiece against Chelsea on 30 May.

Elstone told BBC Radio Merseyside: "The fact that 40,000 people out of 90,000 don't care who wins or loses the final is disgraceful.

"I'm going to table a motion that looks to review and revise the allocation."

Elstone has previously claimed the low number of tickets available to his side's fans could push Evertonians into the hands of ticket touts.

He believes a sensible restructuring of ticketing could easily be achieved.

"I think to go to 30,000 per club would not mean too much pain for those people (the Football Association and corporate sponsors) to swallow that reduced allocation.

"It would mean that all Everton season ticket holders, all Everton Lounge Members and a reasonable proportion of our regular match going fans would get a ticket.

"I don't think we would have needed to have seen too much change to achieve that," said Elstone.

Elstone believes it is time for English Football's leading clubs to stand together on the issue of FA Cup final ticket allocations, starting at the next Premier League meeting.

The clubs will next meet following the Cup final and Elstone is confident the clubs can work together.

An absolutely more concerted effort is the way to get things changed

Robert Elstone

"There's a meeting in the week after the final and I'm seeking the support of the other 19 Premier League clubs and we'll take it from there.

"The problem with allocations is every year two clubs complain bitterly about it and it can be interpreted as sour grapes.

"Eighteen clubs in the Premier League and the other 90 clubs in the Football League don't really care too much because it doesn't concern them.

"An absolutely more concerted effort is the way to get things changed," he added.



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