Saturday, January 16, 2010

Liverpool Tells Fans to Book Tickets Early for FA Cup Clash With Burnley

In a week where things have not gone well for Liverpool on the pitch, it appears that their off-pitch exploits are even worse. Yesterday the club sent out e-mails to all its season ticket holders to book their FA Cup fourth-round tickets early...

On Wednesday, fourth from bottom side in the Championship, Reading, knocked the once mighty club out after a 2-1 extra-time win at Anfield.

It was one of the club's most embarrassing results in years and a chorus of boos and derisory insults followed the team as they walked meekly off the pitch.

The anger and scorn that was felt by the club's fans on Wednesday was even worse come this weekend after the club sent out an email to book their tickets early...

Emails were sent out reminding them to book ahead for the FA Cup fourth-round clash against Burnley on Jan. 23 at 12.45 with the disclaimer saying "Payment failure and subsequent non-purchase of a ticket for this game in the competition will result in the removal from the scheme."

It is bad enough sending out such an email in the first place, but to add the caveat that fans would be removed from the scheme for not purchasing a ticket adds an incredible amount of insult to injury.

One angry Liverpool fan stated he checked his emails when he got home after the match and said: "I couldn't believe my eyes. It was bad enough to crash out of the Cup, but then for the club to try and sell me tickets for the next round was a slap in the face."

Of course, Liverpool have had umpteen problems concerning the Internet over the last couple of weeks.

First we had Tom Hicks Jr.'s foul-mouthed reply to a fan who wanted to know how the club were going to cope in the future, as many now know, that resulted in Hicks being forced to resign after a swift campaign by the S.O.S. (Spirit of Shankly)

Then we had Ryan Babel's tweets where he openly criticised his manager after he was left out of the squad to face Stoke City.

And now we have some goof in the club sending out, possibly the most incendiary from the fans point of view, email.

It would appear that one of the last clubs to embrace the Internet are computer-illiterate.

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