Celtic foes release Wednesday statement; confirm SPFL talks over Hampden controversy
Hibernian have tonight confirmed that they have sold out their allocation for the Premier Sports Cup final at Hampden, and have demanded yet more briefs.
The Easter Road club have managed to shift all of their 17,500 split of the tickets. This comes after major controversy over the fact they were never given the opportunity of a 50/50 share.
Celtic’s SLO stated earlier this week that the Hoops were given just shy of 25,000 tickets for the match. The Hoops sold out a roughly 40k allocation for the semi-final vs St Johnstone. Hibs failed to sell out their tickets for the game against Rangers a day later.
But as they announced the sell-out of their final allocation, the Edinburgh side have demanded more and confirmed they remain in talks with the governing body regarding the issue:
“We can confirm that we’ve sold out our full Premier Sports Cup Final ticket allocation.We received in the region of 17,500 tickets for the game at Hampden Park, which will take place on Sunday 19 December and kick-off at 15:00.
“Knowing that we would sell out our full ticket allocation, we have constantly been engaged with the SPFL to gain more tickets. We think it’s of paramount importance that we receive a greater allocation for our supporters, and for sporting integrity.
“We are putting increased pressure on the SPFL and will update supporters as soon as we hear more.”
Hibernian make their play but Celtic already in the middle of selling allocation
It’s difficult to know how the SPFL could move to shift some tickets and send them Hibernian’s way. You can understand the Easter Road club’s frustration, but there has to be a reasonable way in which it can be done before they’re given any approval.
After all, they can’t turn around and take any of Celtic’s tickets away from them. When clubs are given their allocations, they go about selling them in a manner that suits the specific number they’ve been given. The Hoops are currently in the middle of doing that.
Don’t be surprised if Celtic announce in the coming days that their allocation has also been snapped up. That is, after all, just what the Celtic fans do when it comes to big Hampden occasions.
They could in theory perhaps narrow the gap between opposition supporters. But that could also be seen as a touch risky given the nature of the occasion. Perhaps taking away some of the tickets for the suits would be another possible option.
So long as it doesn’t affect how many briefs Celtic are selling, then all power to them. But it’s important to remember that Hibs fans have hardly been selling out Easter Road this season. In fact, they’ve averaged just over 13k in attendance figures this year despite their stadium being able to hold 20k+ [Football Web Pages].
Attention now turns to what the SPFL decide to do. With less than 3 wees until the fixture, a decision needs to be made quickly.