Chelsea’s ticket allocation for next Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarterfinal against Leeds United at Elland Road has been cut by 2,000 "amid fears of potential fan disorder," according to Jeremy Wilson of the London TELEGRAPH. The London team had been entitled to bring 5,000 supporters, according to Football League rules that allow a 15% allocation for away fans, but, after consultation with the West Yorkshire Police, Leeds was "only able to make 3,000 available." It follows a High Court ruling earlier this year when Leeds "successfully argued that West Yorkshire Police could not charge them for the match day cost of policing areas around Elland Road that were now owned by the club." A Leeds spokesperson said, "After discussions with the police, in light of the recent High Court judgment, it was determined that the unrecoverable costs [from Leeds United] of preventing the potential for disorder, if 5,000 fans from Chelsea were present, was not an acceptable sum to be borne by the police." The rivalry between Leeds and Chelsea fans dates back to the '60s. Next week’s game will be the "first fixture between the two clubs for almost nine years" (TELEGRAPH, 12/11).
Events and Attractions
The involvement of Edinburgh and Glasgow rugby clubs in future Heineken Cups is "due to go under the microscope" in London, according to Bill Lothian of the SCOTSMAN. Another meeting of the tournament board has been convened and will "discuss proposals for a revamped competition including one put forward by England and France" that requires the Celtic contingent to pre-qualify through its domestic league. It is a suggestion that has been "vehemently rejected" by the Celts which, in turn, have called for a tournament that would be expanded from 24 to 32 teams. However, the English and French, which have to battle through their own leagues for qualification -- and whose results in Europe this season are "vastly superior to all except the Irish" -- are threatening to walk away (SCOTSMAN, 12/12).
The ATP World Tour is set to return to Bogotá, Colombia in '13, following the ATP board of directors’ approval of the sale of the L.A. tournament, an ATP World Tour 250 event, to IMLA de Colombia, a Colombian entertainment and sports marketing company. The new tournament will be staged at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento, the same venue that hosted an ATP World Tour event from '97–02 (ATP). ... Hong Kong Sevens organizers will try a public ballot next year for the rugby event's "hottest tickets in town after incurring the wrath of fans when the online sales system crashed this year." The registration window will begin at 9am local time on Thursday and close at 5pm on Feb. 4. Following the seven-week registration period, 4,000 public tickets will be distributed through the ballot on Feb. 7. The event will be held March 22-24 (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 12/12). ... Next year’s Irish Open is to be held on the Montgomerie Course at Carton House. The Montgomerie has staged the event twice before (IRISH TIMES, 12/11). ... A traditional boxing challenge will be held at Sibin Thaya Sports Ground in Mandalay, Myanmar on Friday and Saturday. The event is organized by the Myanmar Boxing Federation (XINHUA, 12/12).