Brentford and Swansea are calling on more fans to compete in the Championship play-off final at Wembley … with the decision to set a capacity limit of 10,000 – despite an audience of 21,000 at the FA Cup final – devastated as ‘incredulous and unjustifiable’
- Brentford and Swansea will face each other to seal Premier League promotion
- The two clubs have banded together to call for more fans to enter Wembley
- A capacity limit of 10,000 has been set for the match, a decision that has been openly criticized
- For the FA Cup final earlier this month, 21,000 supporters were present
Brentford and Swansea have issued a joint statement calling for more fans to be admitted to Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Both clubs have questioned the 10,000 capacity limit set for the game, compared to the 21,000 in attendance when Leicester beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final earlier this month.
Brentford CEO Jon Varney called the decision ‘incredulous and unjustifiable’ and admitted that football authorities were ‘powerless’ to raise the crowd cap without government intervention.
Brentford and Swansea have called for more fans to join the Championship play-off final at Wembley (pictured) this weekend.
The two second-tier teams (pictured in action in January) are disappointed with the crowds
Varney said: ‘We feel it is unjust that just a few days ago more than 20,000 fans were admitted to the FA Cup final and that there were advanced discussions on Wembley to host the Champions League final with a similar number of fans.
We find it incredulous and unjustifiable that the final of the Championship play-offs is limited to only half that number.
The 12 semi-finalists of the Sky Bet play-off came together last week to argue for greater capacity, but to no avail. We want to make one last appeal to do something to bring in more fans. ‘
Brentford sealed their spot at Wembley after beating Bournemouth in front of their own audience
Swansea will also hope to seal the promotion after seeing Barnsley with thousands of spectators
Fans have launched a petition against the terms of the existing scheme, as both clubs will have just 4,000 supporters each encouraging them into the Premier League.
Swansea CEO Julian Winter described the assignment as’ unfair ‘, adding:’ The FA Cup final recently could seat more than 20,000 spectators, which helped create a fantastic atmosphere for both teams – something that has been sorely missed in the past 14 months.
‘Supporters are the lifeblood of the game we all love, and it’s such a shame there can’t be more of them at Wembley to cheer their team on in what will be a brilliant opportunity for all those clubs involved in the last weekend of the play-offs. . ‘
League One playoffs Lincoln finalists have also recorded their disappointment at receiving fewer than 4,000 tickets to their match against Blackpool, describing the assignment as ‘disappointing’.