Fans are being forced to almost literally pay an arm and a leg for FA Cup final tickets, much to the chagrin of the FA and others.
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Touts are reportedly charging exorbitant fees for tickets to this weekend’s FA Cup finals matchup between Arsenal and Aston Villa, charging as much as £11,000 for tickets to the big match.
According to the Express, tickets at face value prices of £50, £70, £90 and £120 are having their prices jacked up into the thousands, with sellers on the Edinburgh-based website FootballTicketPad charging Arsenal supporters up to £21,230 for a pair of £120 category 1 tickets, including a £1,930 booking fee.
40,000 out of the approximately 90,000 available seats for the match were given to corporate sponsors and members of Club Wembley. Leaving remaining fans with just over half of the available seats to purchase from – further divided into the different fanbases. Arsenal fans were allocated a mere 25,000 seats to meet the demands of 45,000 season ticket holders and 150,000 club members.
With the short supply and extremely high demand as Arsenal plans to defend their FA Cup against Tim Sherwood’s gritty Aston Villa club, touts and scalpers are taking advantage of fan desperation to see the once-in-a-lifetime match.
Though it’s illegal to scalp tickets that way, some companies are using either legal loopholes or simply selling the tickets overseas in order to charge whatever fees they want.