After the Wolves game was put back 24 hours a lot of supporters now cannot attend. Unsurprisingly at the busiest time of the year, many people have plans for December 27th and can’t attend the rearranged match at the drop of a hat.
Whilst I understand Arsenal’s reasons for postponing the game, I do not agree with the decision for the reasons I outlined yesterday. Chelsea didn’t move their match so it’s not as if Arsenal had no other choice.
Whether you think Arsenal made the right call or not is irrespective — the situation is that a great number of fans who’ve already paid for this match now won’t get to see it through no fault of their own.
Considering the huge amounts we spend to support our clubs, I would have thought it an obligatory gesture to offer refunds to those who now cannot attend, particularly during the festive season of goodwill. Wolves agree according to this quote from a Guardian article last night:
“A Wolves spokesman said the club regarded the affair as “just one of those things” and would refund tickets for their fans who cannot make the new date, provided they apply before noon on Saturday.”
Good for them. The Scrooges on the Arsenal board, however, who already charge the highest season ticket prices in the Premiership, are far too tight for that. A club spokesman said:
“Home supporters who cannot attend will not be eligible for a refund because the situation was deemed to be beyond the club’s control.”
So of the £1,000 I pay you every year you won’t be refunding me just £33 for a match I can’t now attend because you moved it at four days notice? What am I thinking, of course you won’t. This is the same board who just six months ago hiked ticket prices by 6.5% to cover ‘rising admin costs’ in the middle of a recession and yet a few weeks later raked in a £20m transfer profit.
Classy? We used to be.
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