Millwall angered by Carling Cup ticket decision

MillwallLOGO142.jpgThousands of Millwall fans have been left disappointed by the decision to limit the number of tickets available for the Carling Cup match with West Ham.

The Lions were initially given just 1,500 tickets for next Tuesday's game, despite being entitled to 3,000, because police are concerned about potential violence between fans.

The Metropolitan Police took the decision to limit the tickets despite protests from the club.

The police are concerned about being overstretched next week. West Ham had asked for the game to be played on Wednesday, but that clashed with Arsenal's Champion's League fixture with Celtic. Also thrown into the mix is a week-long climate camp protest in London.

Millwall's lobbying did increase the allocation by a further 800 tickets but those sold out on Tuesday evening and no more will be available.

Millwall managing director Andy Ambler said: "Whilst I'm pleased we have managed to obtain more tickets, I remain dissatisfied that we have not been granted the 3,000 we feel we need to satisfy the demand.

"Clearly this is a game that has generated significant interest from both clubs. From the point of view of our supporters an opportunity to see our team play against a Premier League London club is one they do not want to miss.

"Our concern is that a large number of Lions fans without tickets for the Millwall section will travel the short distance to Upton Park in any case and attempt to see the game any way they can. It would seem to us to be far more sensible to give as many Millwall supporters the chance to see the game."

Millwall fans buying tickets from touts would mean them sitting in West Ham sections, although the Hammers have taken steps to try and prevent tickets falling into the wrong hands.

General sale tickets will only be sold to Hammers' fans with a previous purchase history, while there will be no tickets on sale from 5pm on the day of the game.

Millwall will exclusively occupy the lower tier of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand to ensure adequate segregation on the night, with West Ham season ticket holders usually in those seats moved to other parts of the ground.