LIVERPOOL: Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has blasted officials at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium over their refusal to issue replacement tickets for this Saturday's FA Cup final after a raid on a Royal Mail van.
The theft took place in Liverpool city centre on Friday but the missing tickets for the final against West Ham have since been identified and cancelled.
However, supporters who had paid for the tickets will not get replacements on safety grounds and police have warned against buying from touts as anyone with a stolen ticket is liable to arrest.
The decision by the Millennium Stadium not to issue duplicate tickets is totally unacceptable and penalises ordinary supporters who have had the misfortune of being the innocent victims of a robbery, Parry said on Tuesday.
We do not understand why the Millennium Stadium have taken this decision, as duplicate tickets have been made available at every one of the six games we have played there since our first appearance in Cardiff at the 2001 League Cup final, he added.
It should also be pointed out every Premier League club is able to offer duplicate tickets where necessary.
We are currently contacting every supporter who was sent tickets by special delivery on Friday to ascertain exactly how many tickets have been stolen, Parry also told Liverpool's official website liverpoolfc.tv
We will continue our dialogue with Football Association officials in an attempt to ensure a very important part of the football family as many Liverpool fans as possible have the opportunity to attend the English game's showpiece occasion.
Meanwhile Millennium Stadium chief executive Paul Sargent said the potential for all the stolen tickets turning up on Saturday along with the original owners would create a major safety problem.
We have every sympathy for those football fans who have had their tickets stolen and have looked at all possibilities of re-seating these people.
But after a meeting with our safety advisory group we are standing by our no-duplicates policy, Sargent said. AFP