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Football: Chelsea slam Wembley ticket deal.

CHELSEA are " very disappointed" about the FA's decision to allocate them only 25,000 FA Cup Final tickets.

The new Wembley Stadium has a capacity of 90,000 and the Stamford Bridge club are unhappy about an allocation that leaves only 50,000 of those tickets to be shared between them and Manchester United.

Some tickets have been held aside for Club Wembley members, while 30 per cent of the remaining tickets - around 23,000 - will be distributed between a variety of 'grassroots' outlets.

But a Chelsea statement said: "We were very disappointed as many of our regular fans will now miss out on a great day for both clubs."

The FA pointed out that allocations are up by 1,500 tickets per team on the 2006 final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. A spokesman said: "The FA Cup Final is a unique sporting event. This year the demand for tickets will be greater than ever due to it being the first Cup Final back at Wembley.

"It is undoubtedly the biggest domestic cup final in the world and as such it belongs to the whole country as well as the two competing teams."

Steve Bennett, from Orpington, will referee the first Final back at Wembley.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 20, 2007
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