United 'disappointed' as tickets for trip to Chelsea gets CUT

Premier League FINALLY confirm kick-off time for Manchester United’s rearranged trip to Chelsea, with match set for 5:30pm on October 22nd – as Red Devils have ticket allocation cut by OVER 600 due to ‘policing concerns’

  • Manchester United have had their ticket allocation for a trip to Chelsea reduced 
  • United were initially allocated 2,994 away seats for the Stamford Bridge battle 
  • But Metropolitan Police have reduced that to 2,370 due to ‘policing concerns’ 
  • The game was postponed due to a policing shortage around The Queen’s funeral

Manchester United have expressed frustration and disappointment after their ticket allocation for the rearranged game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was cut by more than 600.

The game, which was originally postponed due to a policing shortage around The Queen’s funeral, will now go ahead on Saturday October 22 at 5.30pm.

United had sold their allocation of 2,994 tickets but the Metropolitan Police wanted to reduce that to 1,500 over policing concerns.

Manchester United’s rearranged trip to Chelsea has a confirmed kick-off time of 5:30pm

The game was moved to Saturday due to Chelsea’s Champions League game the Tuesday after

A figure of 2,370 has now been agreed after United appealed, but the club are unhappy and feel the cut is ‘unjustified’.

United now have to find a way of urgently withdrawing the excess tickets and are advising fans not to make travel plans.

In a letter to supporters, United said: ‘The Premier League has today confirmed that our forthcoming away match against Chelsea will take place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 22nd October, with a 5.30pm kick-off.

‘In recent days we have been in consultation with the Premier League and Chelsea FC after the Metropolitan Police proposed a reduction in our away allocation due to policing concerns.

The Red Devils have had their initial allocation of 2,994 cut to 2,370 due to ‘policing concerns’

‘The police initially sought to cut our allocation from 2,994 to 1,500. We have strongly opposed any reduction and worked with Chelsea to present a range of mitigations to the local Safety Advisory Group, which we believe could have allowed the game to proceed safely with our full allocation of fans.

‘Unfortunately, the police have continued to insist on a reduction. However, we have succeeded in increasing the allocation to 2,370.

‘While we are very disappointed by this outcome and believe it is unjustified, it is clear it is a final decision. We are now urgently considering options for how to manage the removal of 624 tickets from the original allocation which had already been agreed with Chelsea and sold.

United say they’ve ‘worked with Chelsea to present a range of mitigations’ ahead of the game

‘We will send further communications on Monday outlining our approach. In the meantime, we strongly advise against booking travel.

‘We have turned off ticket forwarding for this game. If you are unable to attend the match, please contact 0161 676 7770. However, please be aware that the contact centre does not have any additional information and will be unable to discuss the situation with you.

‘Everyone at Manchester United shares the inevitable disappointment and frustration about both the reduced allocation, and the long delay in confirming arrangements for this game. Over recent years, we have made significant progress in protecting away ticket allocations for our fans and we can assure you that we will continue to fight for this in future. Thank you for your continued loyal support.’

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