THOUSANDS of Liverpool fans were left crestfallen by the results of this week’s ballot to distribute the club’s remaining tickets for the FA Cup final.

The bottom line is the allocation of 25,000 for each of the finalists in a stadium which holds 90,000 is woefully inadequate.

Every year the FA trot out the same tired excuses about the importance of ensuring there are sufficient tickets for the ‘Football Family’ but it doesn’t wash.

A quick Google search will tell you there is actually no shortage of tickets available for next Saturday’s Wembley showdown.

Websites like and have them in abundance.

However, you will need to take out a second mortgage to get one. Tickets with a face value of £65 are being flogged for upwards of £1,250.

Giving tickets to clubs and individuals at grassroots level with no affiliation to either of the finalists is a flawed concept.

Many will end up in the hands of the supporters who should have got them in the first place.

You can guarantee there will be a lot more than 25,000 Reds fans in Wembley come 5.15pm next Saturday.

It’s just that many will have had to pay through the nose to get in as the touts have a field day.