Town’s TV snub is a ‘massive’ error

Deciding not to screen giant-killing Luton’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Norwich City on Saturday week is a ‘massive error of judgement’ according to Town managing director Gary Sweet, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 16th January 2013, 9:28 am

Instead of showing the biggest David v Goliath contest left in the competition, the TV companies have gone for the same tired names and will screen Oldham Athletic v Liverpool, Crystal Palace or Stoke City v Manchester City, West Ham United or Manchester United v Fulham, Brentford or Southend United v Chelsea, and Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur.

Sweet said: “I’m massively disappointed. You get those types of games all too frequently. I think there’s been a massive error of judgement from the TV companies on this.

“I think the football population, the football viewers, want to see a Premier League club come up against a non-league club.

Norwich chief executive David McNally defended their pricing, saying: “I’m really surprised anybody is frustrated when clubs are offering tremendous value for money to supporters of both clubs for an FA Cup tie.

The prices have gone down really well with our supporters and I’m sure they have gone down really well with the majority of Luton Town supporters.”

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