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500 tickets offered to Cardiff City by Leeds “derisory” say fans

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Fans’ groups at Cardiff City say they will be boycotting their side’s upcoming fixture at Elland Road in the face of unexplained restriction to their allocation.

Leeds United have offered Cardiff City just 500 tickets for their match this coming Saturday, an amount describe as “derisory” by Cardiff City Supporters’ Club (CCSC). Despite repeated attempts by Cardiff City, fans’ groups and Welsh press to find out the reasoning behind this decision – no answers have been forthcoming from either Leeds United or the relevant local authorities.

Speaking to Wales Online, the website for the Cardiff Echo and Western Mail, FSF National Council member Vince Alm said: “They have offered us a derisory 500 tickets which wouldn’t have been enough.

“We have complained about that and the reason why we are only being given 500 tickets – We haven’t heard anything back from Leeds and none have been sent.

“We have had a meeting with the club and a lot of us would like the club to send the tickets back and boycott it. It is unacceptable really.”

The Bluebirds have visited Leeds on six occassions since 2002 – visits which have been free of major incidents. Likewise, Leeds United have been to Cardiff seven times since then and enjoyed trouble free trips. For the Championship fixture in November at the Cardiff City Stadium, Leeds were given 2,200 away tickets. 

A spokesperson for Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust said: “We fully support Cardiff City’s decision to refuse the limited number of tickets on offer.

“Cardiff City didn’t impose any restrictions on Leeds fans earlier this season and we can see no reason why Leeds can’t reciprocate.

“There was agreement at a meeting before Saturday’s match that Cardiff City will not retaliate against Leeds United fans next season and they will be treated the same as any others. This is entirely the right approach.” 

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