Brighton & Hove Albion has clarified why the club has received a reduced allocation for the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Millwall at the New Den.
We originally requested the full 15% away allocation for the match — as we knew this would be an extremely popular match for our supporters. This was not granted in our initial allocation. At this point we requested more tickets for our supporters and were granted an additional 100 tickets.
Our allocation was approximately 250 tickets short of the 15% ticket entitlement for the FA Cup, when that percentage is applied to open and available areas of the stadium. We consulted The Football Association and requested the full away allocation. The FA advised they would be guided by Millwall’s Safety Advisory Group, including representatives of the Metropolitan Police.
Fans should note that different league and one-off cup games are often treated differently in terms of risk, particularly at the latter stages of the competition — and also that our allocation is larger than the number of tickets given to Everton in the previous round. We also appreciate Millwall’s assistance in working with us to ensure as many Albion supporters can attend the game, in line with the Safety Advisory Group’s guidance.
Our game at Millwall will be televised live (as was Everton’s game at The New Den), giving all fans the chance to see the match.
Ultimately, we must respect the decision of the safety authorities — and the club will not be commenting further on this situation.