Confusion for Bees Fans Over Chelsea Fixture
Action against Roman Abramovich means tickets can't be sold
Brentford players in huddle before Chelsea game earlier this season. Picture: Brentford FC
Fans of Brentford FC are awaiting clarification about what the recent government action against Roman Abramovich means for the much anticipated forthcoming fixture with Chelsea.
Having been unfortunate to lose in the match at the beginning of the season, Bees supporter were looking forward to a chance for some payback on Saturday 2 April. Some fans had already purchased tickets in the away end at Stamford Bridge but other tickets have yet to be distributed.
Under new government rules Chelsea is not allowed to sell more tickets to avoid money being used to support Russian aggression in Ukraine. The club is also not allowed to sell merchandise.
Now some Brentford fans are worried that the restrictions may tend to work in Chelsea’s favour, “Even if the club can’t sell tickets it looks like season ticket holders will still be able to attend, whereas away supporters may be totally excluded. Why not hand the ticketing over to a third party with the money being given to the Ukrainian relief effort rather than matches being played in half empty grounds.”
Brentford FC issued a statement saying, “In light of the breaking news in relation to Chelsea FC, we are seeking clarification from the Premier League as to what this means for our away ticketing allocation at the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 2 April.
“We will confirm what this means for the Bees fans who have already purchased a ticket for this game and what this means for the remaining tickets yet to be allocated to Brentford supporters.
“The planned release of the next batch of away tickets for this match, due to open at 2pm today, Thursday 10 March, will not take place this afternoon as we seek further clarity from the authorities.
“Prior to 10 March we made a contractual commitment to take our entire allocation of 3,000 tickets for this match and will do everything in our power to ensure our full allocation is distributed to Bees fans.”
The club says it will provide a further update as soon as possible.
March 11, 2022