Hampton and Richmond angry at FA

Last updated : 25 June 2005 By Smallsy
Referees, do they cause anything but trouble!
Hampton and Richmond Borough have blamed the FA for their decision to hike up ticket prices for their pre season friendly against Brentford.

Ticket prices for the game against the Bees will be up to 2.00 more than Hampton's other pre season matches against non league opposition.

A club spokesman said,

"We've been told that the increases are necessary to pay for league standard referees which the FA requires us to use in all games featuring league clubs. In the past, games such as these would have been officiated by local referees who would be willing to do the game for little more than a drink and a sandwich."

He continued,

"There is talk of it costing non league football upwards of 1 Million in lost revenue"

The Fa spoke to the press saying,

"The ruling is a result of complaints we've had in the past about 'inappropriate' referees handling games"

Hampton officials responded by saying,

"The cost of the match officials is expected to be around 600.00 which will now be passed onto the fans."

However in another interview responding questions about the charges being upped head of organisations at Kingstonian said,

"I have always found it easy to negotiate with top-level officials from our area. We have the correct match officials lined up for our game with Fulham and they only cost the club around 100.00, so I know nothing of the problems."