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SBD Global/March 21, 2014/Franchises

Dundee United Chair Stephen Thompson Calls For Truce With SFA Over Cup Ticket Row

Scottish Premiership side Dundee United Chair Stephen Thompson "called a truce over his war of words" with the Scottish FA, claiming "it's a waste of energy," according to Hugh Keevins of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The Tannadice chief "had slammed the SFA for snubbing his request to swap their Scottish Cup clash with Rangers from Ibrox to Celtic Park and accused the governing body of being 'economical with the truth' over ticketing issues" -- although he "has now backed down from that statement." In a "series of public statements between Thompson and the SFA over the choice of venue and ticket allocation" for the April 12 semifinal, SFA bosses "claimed United declined their original allocation and asked for fewer seats, with an option to sell more." Thompson said, "If Rangers had been asked to play Celtic at Celtic Park in a Scottish Cup semifinal I’m sure they wouldn’t have been happy. But I don’t want a battle with Rangers or the SFA. A change of venue isn’t going to happen and to go on about it any more would be a waste of energy" (DAILY RECORD, 3/20).
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