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Football League World’s Middlesbrough fan pundit Phil Wrightson has urged the club not to use the FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur at the Riverside “as a payday”.
The draw for the Third Round, the first point that Championship or Premier League sides are involved in the competition, took place last night.
As a result, Boro are set to welcome Spurs to the North East on the first weekend of January.
Both sides have had shaky starts to the season in their respective leagues. Jonathan Woodgate’s side are 20th in the Championship–just one point about the relegation zone.
Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League but trail leaders Liverpool by 20 points already and brought in Jose Mourinho to replace Mauricio Pochettino in November.
It looks set to be an exciting occasion for the Teessiders as they welcome the Champions League finalists, now accompanied by Mourinho, to the Riverside.
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Wrightson urged Steve Gibson and the club not to bump prices up for the Premier League side’s arrival.
He said: “My only hope for the tie is that the club don’t see it as a payday and ramp the ticket prices up. Us fans deserve to see some quality football, even if it’s not been played by us.”
Wrightson added: “If the club charge a high price the team will be playing in front of a half-empty stadium as they have been for most of the season.
“I hope Gibson sees that getting an extra 10,000 fans through the gates is more important than fleecing the loyal, long-suffering supporters who will pay whatever to watch the team.”