Millennium Stadium chief executive Paul Sergeant today welcomed the news that some of the missing FA Cup Final tickets stolen last Friday have started to turn up with the rightful owners...
...and Liverpool Football Club's decision to replace stolen tickets from a stock of other tickets in its FA Cup allocation, will mean the vast majority of supporters affected by the theft will not miss out on the Cardiff Final.
Liverpool released a statement today (Thursday) confirming that the approximate number of missing tickets is now down to approximately 1,000 from the 1,600 originally thought and that those fans who have lost their tickets will be offered replacements in other areas of the ground by Liverpool FC.
"This is great news and the most sensible conclusion to this unfortunate set of circumstance," said Sergeant.
"The fact that a large number of missing tickets have turned up is pleasing for everyone involved and Liverpool have made the correct decision to replace the remaining tickets and do the right thing by the fans who have missed out.
"We stand by our policy not to duplicate tickets and feel that this situation vindicates our position. You only have to imagine what would have happened if we had gone down the road of duplicating and distributing the 1600 lost tickets which have now been found - the consequences do not bear thinking about.
"This seems to be the best solution for everyone involved and there is no one more pleased than us that those fans who were due to miss out will now be coming to the Millennium Stadium after all.
"However, the Millennium Stadium and its Safety Advisory Group would like to add one final note of caution to all clubs, event organisers and sporting institutions. If Liverpool had followed Stadium advice and dispatched tickets in a secure way, then this situation would not have arisen.
"Our no duplicates policy has been borne out of similar thefts - all be it on a smaller scale - which have happened in previous seasons with Liverpool and other sporting clubs and we are pleased to be able to send a clear message to those who deal in black market tickets 'stealing Millennium Stadium tickets is not profitable and ticket touts will not be tolerated'."
The Millennium Stadium is now awaiting a definitive list from Liverpool Football Club detailing precisely which tickets can be deemed stolen property so that the appropriate action can be taken by South Wales Police on matchday. This list is due to be made available tomorrow (Friday).
NB: If supporters have received their tickets, it is imperative they contact LFC as a matter of urgency, to enable details to be verified by the club and removed from their blacklist.
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