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Stoke take financial hit to subsidise away fans at Liverpool

Stoke are subsidising tickets for their FA Cup quarter-final with Liverpool in a bid to get 6,000 travelling fans to Anfield. The Potters have announced they will waive the 45 per cent they are entitled to from away ticket sales at Anfield so they can offer tickets to their own fans for £20.

"As we stated when announcing a season ticket price freeze, we want to keep top level football as affordable as possible and we recognise that our supporters have committed to a considerable amount of expense over the last year," Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website.

"It would be wonderful to think we could get back to Wembley again and we believe this offer is a cost worth bearing to give us every chance of achieving that aim.

"It helps our fans and, in turn, we know they will help the team by giving them fantastic support.

"Our players will get a tremendous lift when they see the entire lower tier of the Anfield Road Stand filled with 6,000 fans, helping to create a great atmosphere."

Liverpool had priced adult tickets in their allocation at £35 for the live televised tie on March 18.

"The FA Cup has really caught the imagination of our supporters over the past 12 months, as we saw when we took 5,500 fans to Derby County.

"We have also had good followings at Gillingham and Crawley this season. We are well aware of the difference that backing can make to our hopes of success."

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