'It's an insult': Richmond fans rage over AFL grand final 'disgrace'

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor

The president of the AFL Fans Association has called for the allocation of grand final tickets to teams not competing in the decider to be scrapped.

As is tradition for the AFL grand final, Richmond and GWS are both allocated just 17,000 tickets for members to scrap over in club ballots for the big day.

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However with Richmond having 103,000 members to the Giants’ 30,000, Tigers fans are up in arms.

The fact that non-competing clubs and corporate sponsors are also allocated a large chunk of tickets has also caused anger.

Richmond fans, pictured here during their win in the preliminary final.
Richmond fans are up in arms. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Fans Association president Gerry Eeman says more tickets need to be allocated to the clubs actually competing in the grand final, and less to those who aren’t.

"The Tigers and Giants have a combined 133,467 members who will share just 34,000 tickets – just a one in four chance of securing one," he said in a statement on Sunday.

“Thousands of tickets each year get allocated to non-competing clubs which in turn funnel many of these tickets into expensive packages.

“Simply put, the allocation to non-competing clubs must be scrapped. It’s an insult to members of the competing clubs who miss out each year."

Fans took to social media to vent, with some labelling it a ‘disgrace’.

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On Sunday the AFL confirmed that unused tickets from the GWS allocation would be offered to Richmond.

Meanwhile, thousands of Richmond fans guaranteed a ticket as part of their membership package were left in the dark on Sunday when confirmation of their seats disappeared from the Ticketek website.

On Saturday, thousands of fans received confirmation of their seats, but the transaction records disappeared just a few hours later.

"Payment was processed over the weekend but allocation is being released tomorrow, please check back then," Ticketek tweeted in response to fan backlash.

Richmond member and AFL Fans Association vice-president Cheryl Critchley was among the fans affected.

Ms Critchley said it was an “anxious” dilemma for fans, many of whom had already booked flights and accommodation.