The Daily Record has picked up on Stewart Regan’s twitter row over pricing of Scotland matches.
The SFA chief described it as nonsense that fans had paid £36 to watch Gordon Strachan’s side play Malta only for David McDonald, the owner of the Pie and Bovril website to retweet a picture of his £36 ticket!
As well as charging £180 for a five match package of tickets chiefly built around the match against England Scotland fans have to pay £55 membership of the Travel Club to qualify for the £180 deal.
In effect that averages out each international at £47 per match with less than 30,000 turning up at Hampden on Tuesday night.
Reacting to the row in the Daily Record McDonald said: “I don’t think Stewart came across well, he’s in charge of the SFA and he should be slightly more sympathetic to the fans.
“There’s a belief that the SFA are outdated and out of touch and they don’t do themselves any favours with Stewart’s reaction on Twitter.
“I didn’t think what I was saying was nonsense when I had a bit of paper in my the ticket price on it. It may be a vagary of how the SFA’s tickets system works as they’ve just worked out an average price and printed them as the England ticket had £36 written on it as well.
“He could have pointed out in a less abrasive manner just how the ticketing arrangement works.
“I do get the point that Stewart was making, I appreciate my £36 ticket was an average price. That said, he can spin it whatever way he wants. It was still £36 for every one of the home World Cup qualifiers.
“You may think that is good value for the England game but it’s certainly not good value across the board.
“At the end of the day it was up to me to pay it which I did, that was my personal decision but let’s remember £55 for the club membership goes on top of that.
“You are actually paying £235 for five games of football and you know some of these games could be on Monday, Thursday or Friday nights and that’s another reason why the crowd was low.
“The scheduling isn’t down to the SFA but I just felt that looking behind those goals on Monday night and seeing no fans was a bit soul destroying. I felt a bit sorry for the players as they deserve better than that after the way they’ve been playing.
“It just annoyed me so I tweeted it during the game and didn’t think any more about it only to come out of Hampden at full-time and discover I had over 4000 retweets and everyone was arguing about it.
“Then I saw that Stewart had messaged me and I said, “I’m not having that’. I don’t think he came across particularly well even though he had a point, to charge £30 for a North Stand ticket for Monday night is, in my opinion, still far too much.”
Looking at the next qualifier against Slovakia McDonald added: “I believe £45 to watch that game in the North Stand is absurd and it will put people off. They may sell it out as it’s a massive game but it’s not a great situation as Hampden isn’t a great stadium. If you are behind that goal you get a poor view of the game and you’ll be miles away from the pitch.”
Celtic season ticket holders are paying £38 per game for Champions League matches against Paris St Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht.
Regan hasn’t made any comment on the Supreme Court ruling that Rangers (IL) fielded ineligible players for over a decade due to payments made through side contracts.
Supporters Direct, the in-house SFA ‘fans’ body haven’t made any comment on the issue.