Sky Bet Championship outfit Norwich City have apologised to supporters regarding the cost of tickets for last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup third round fixture against Southampton.
The club charged £25 for an adult ticket to the match, which ended 2-2 as the Canaries came from behind twice to ensure a replay at St Mary’s next week.
Supporters who wish to travel to the return fixture next Wednesday will also be offered free coach travel as part of the club’s gesture.
Attendance at the match was unusually low for the Norfolk club; just 12,479 fans turned up on Saturday, which is a stark contrast from the near-capacity crowds that attend league games at Carrow Road.
In the statement, posted on the club’s official website on Tuesday, a spokesman said:
“The club is proud to stand on its own two feet financially, but this does require that we maintain a delicate balance between generating revenue to support the strongest squad possible and also providing the fairest prices for our loyal supporters.
“Based on supporter feedback and the low attendance, we got that balance wrong with the prices we set for our FA Cup game against Southampton on Saturday and we apologise for that.
“The board have taken the decision to offer free coach travel to St Mary’s for our important replay against the Saints and we hope as many City fans as possible will make the journey to cheer on the team.”
The reward for the winners of the replay will be a tricky home tie to Premier League giants Arsenal in the fourth round.