Ulster Unionist Alderman Jim Rodgers is set to meet with Belfast City Council officials over the ticketing arrangements for this week’s Steel and Sons Cup final.
The Christmas Day showpiece between Ards and Glentoran IIs was made an all-ticket affair for the first time in the competition’s history.
Around 1500 fans attended the clash at Seaview – a figure Rodgers believes was influenced by health and safety procedures.
The UUP Alderman will meet with Belfast City Council officials next week to discuss the ticketing arrangements.
Rodgers – who will be joined by UUP Alderman William Humphrey and DUP Councillor Tom Haire at the meeting – claims health and safety procedures resulted in fans missing out on the festive fixture.
“I have spoken to a number of supporters who were not able to attend the game due to the ticketing arrangements,” Rodgers told the News Letter.
“The decision has caused a lot of anger among fans, and the County Antrim Football Association has lost out on vital revenue.
“I cannot understand why it was demanded that this game be all-ticket. I understand there were a few problems at last year’s final with regards the attendance, but I feel local football is getting the short end of the straw when it comes to ticketing arrangements.
“We just want to voice the concerns of fans.”