Everton fans are furious with their football club after they announced they were moving match tickets on to a ticket marketplace company, with it being described as a “legalised robbery“.
The Merseyside club announced on Thursday that tickets for their Premier League tie against Manchester City had sold out, but said that tickets were still available from StubHub UK. The company’s website has been offering tickets for the big game at hugely inflated prices, some are even quoted as high as £150.
Ticket touting in football has been a long term argument which hasn’t gone away, with the issue well documented in the media.
???? | Our home game against @ManCity on 28 September is sold out – but fans can still buy seats from Season Ticket Members unable to attend via @StubHubUK.
— Everton Fan Services (@efc_fanservices) September 5, 2019
Blues’ fans have been voicing their displeasure on Twitter in response to the announcement made by the club’s fan services account.
One fan couldn’t believe that his football club is allowing it, and suggested the idea to resell tickets within the club itself to avoid supporters being hit with overblown costs. Another supporter simply labelled Everton as a “disgrace“.
Here are some of the reactions from Everton fans:
Legalised robbery supported by the peoples club.
— golfiematt (@golfiematt1) September 5, 2019
I honestly can’t believe you promote this site . It’s a disgrace
— My left back is magic (@goodisonblue2) September 5, 2019
Get rid of @StubHubUK Stop legitimising fans charging others extortionate prices for our tickets, we’re not Kopites. Use @Twickets. We’ve always been a progressive club, let’s be the first to ban resales over face value
— James Davis (@JamesD_EFC) September 5, 2019
As you’re fan services I hope you’ve noticed the lack of support for our continued use of StubHub. The club and fans would be much better served with @Twickets over basically these on-line touts.
— Neil Tyler (@MrTylerVI) September 5, 2019
@Everton need to stop using the site. I’m lucky to have a season ticket and if I have to miss a game due to work then I give it to a family member or friend instead of trying to rip fellow blues of, the sites a disgrace!!! Official form of ticket touting.
— Spr (@Sapperforever) September 5, 2019
What at 72quid a ticket. I cannot believe that the club is allowing this. Why not start re-selling via the club to ensure ridiculous prices are wiped out.
— DutchBlueStu ???????????????????????????????????? (@stumac_71) September 5, 2019
Saw 2 top balcony tickets yesterday for Sheffield United (1x adult 1 x 11-18) at £132 each, absolute disgrace
— efchutchy (@efchutchy) September 5, 2019
Why is the club associated with this site? ????
— JillyF (@FitzyJill) September 5, 2019