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Tangerines angry at SFA statement

Tangerines angry at SFA statement

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson feels the Scottish FA have been "economical with the truth" regarding ticket plans for the Scottish Cup semi-final meeting with Rangers next month.

The Tangerines already had a request to move the tie away from Ibrox turned down. Hampden Park is unavailable as it is being redeveloped ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, the SFA state United declined their original allocation and asked for fewer seats, with an option to sell more, although Thompson refuted that as he told BBC Scotland: "That is not our reflection of what happened at the meeting and we are very unhappy."

A statement from the SFA previously indicated the Taysiders were offered 11,063 seats, only for the club to respond that "in order to ensure maximum attendance," United would prefer to only be allocated the 8,012-seat Broomloan Road stand for the tie on 12th April (kick-off 12:45pm).

The SFA also repeated that should United sell out of their allocation, more seats would be made available. The Tannadice outfit had earlier indicated they would seek up to 20,000 tickets.

"We never said we'd take the initial allocation of 8,000," Thompson insisted. "We said sell the Broomloan Stand first of all then move on from there - we never said that's all we wanted. As far as we're concerned, we're unhappy that a statement has been sent out to really have a go at a member club.

"We have to get as big an allocation as we can and if we don't sell them all then Rangers can have them. Of course they can. But we should be at least entitled to a fair amount of tickets," he continued. "Both clubs should be treated equally and we don't believe we have been. If we take 13,000 or 14,000 that would be a very good support for us at a semi-final."

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Writer:Vital Arabs
Date:Tuesday March 18 2014
Time: 10:19PM

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