Liverpool defend Auto Cup scheme after supporter criticism

Liverpool have defended their ticket arrangements ahead of the Carling Cup semi-final second leg with Manchester City at Anfield next month, The Liverpool Echo reports.

Some supporters have criticised the Auto Cup scheme adopted by the club, which allows season ticket holders who signed up to be guaranteed a seat for the City game. Those season ticket holders who did not tick the box are in danger of losing out on their seats for the huge fixture against the Premier League leaders. In previous seasons, the club had given season ticket holders the chance to buy the tickets before putting on general sale.

Liverpool Supporters Club chairman Les Lawson said: ‘I know all season ticket holders had the chance to join the Auto Cup Scheme but there are various reasons why fans don’t. If you work shifts you don’t know months in advance whether you’ll be able to make it. Also, if you get a run of home games in the Cups it can be very costly.’

The club has insisted that the system is totally fair and that supporters were given the opportunity to ensure their tickets at the start of the season. A club statement also insisted that if any tickets are spare, season ticket holders have the opportunity to purchase those.

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