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Aberdeen softens stance on Scottish Cup tickets

Scottish Premiership football club Aberdeen has backed down on efforts to seek a 50-50 split in tickets for the Scottish Cup final against Celtic after reportedly taking a “more reasonable stance” following its demands for Sunday’s semi-final clash.

Aberdeen defeated Rangers 1-0 at Hampden Park to seal a meeting with Celtic at the same stadium on December 2. The build-up to Sunday’s game witnessed a dispute between Aberdeen and the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) over ticket allocations.

Hampden Park holds around 52,000 fans and Aberdeen was originally allocated 16,800 tickets for Sunday’s match. Aberdeen protested against this decision and having pushed for a 50-50 split was given 20,300 tickets.

However, the club was then forced to return a large portion of the allocation having sold less than 10,000 tickets for the game.

Despite the sales for Sunday’s game, reports had suggested that Aberdeen would seek a similar near equal split that the club received for the 2016 Scottish Cup final against Celtic. However, the Daily Record newspaper today (Tuesday) reported that this wouldn’t be the case following talks held with the SPFL on Monday.

A Hampden source said: “The talks took place today (Monday) but there is no agreement yet in place. It is likely that it might take a couple of days until there is a resolution but, with Aberdeen adopting a more reasonable stance after the semi-final, it hopefully shouldn’t take too long to reach a position which satisfies all parties.”

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