Liverpool slash Manchester United’s ticket allocation for the FA Cup tie

Liverpool officials have taken the decision to slash Manchester United’s ticket allocation for the FA Cup fourth round fixture at Anfield, The Daily Mail reports. United’s 5,319 tickets fall short of the 6,400 available for the game against Liverpool, who have cited their reduction because of crowd safety.

The lower tier of the Anfield Road stand will house the away fans as usual for the fourth round fixture and Reds officials decided to reduce their allocation by over 1,000 to try and prevent any trouble. Liverpool usually allocate the Premier League champions 1,960 fixtures because of United fans’ insistence to stand in the away end at Anfield. United are unlikely to complain against the Reds decision, but it adds another dimension to the bad blood between the two sides so far this season.

Reds striker Luis Suarez was charged with racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra and is in the midst of an eight-game ban for his sentence. Suarez will not play against United at Anfield due to the ban, but is in line to return for the league clash between the two clubs at Old Trafford next month. Liverpool as a club have also been criticised by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson for the way they handled the situation with Suarez and Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is eager to get a victory against his old nemesis.

Merseyside Police will issue a statement next week calling for calm ahead of the game at Anfield and both clubs have got together to try and quell any problems and controversies. Both sets of supporters will create a great atmosphere, despite United’s reduced numbers, and Liverpool will look to progress into the next round. The Reds have a difficult tie away at Bolton this weekend to contend with, followed by their Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City, before they can face United.

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