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FA Cup final tickets skyrocket

Ticket prices for next month’s FA Cup final have been branded “obscene” by Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST).

A ticket for the Wembley final, between Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester United, will cost fans up to £145.

The increase in the price from the semi-finals marks an 80 per cent rise, with CST chairman Dave Chidgey calling it “obscene,” according to SunSport.

He said: “The FA are profiteering from fans. It’s as simple as that.

“It’s the sort of thing you expect from the Premier League and the clubs, to a degree, but for the FA to charge these prices, when they are supposed to understand the plight of fans, is hard to take.”

While the most expensive tickets are at £145, supporters will be able to get a seat in Wembley Stadium for as low as £45. There are also tickets in different bands for £70 and £115.

Last season’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea cost a maximum of £115, while tickets for both semi-finals this year cost between £30 and £80.

Andy Ambler, the FA’s director of professional game relations, said: “The Emirates FA Cup semi-final and final are some of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar and these new prices are in line with many of these events.

“It’s always important to remember that The FA is a not-for-profit organisation where every pound and penny of profit is reinvested back into every level of football in England.”

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