Laurens: Ridiculous for Chelsea to ask for no fans vs. Middlesbrough (2:10)

The initial request to play the game behind closed doors in the FA Cup was made by the Blues. The time is 2:1.

Mar 15, 2022

The FA Cup quarterfinals will be played on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Following a backlash, the show was behind closed doors.

The reason for asking the game to be played behind closed doors was because they failed to agree on an easing of the licence granted last week.

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The request was calledbizarre, without any merit, and ironic in the extreme by the statement.

The FA said later on Tuesday that talks are ongoing over a way for the club's fans to attend matches, and that they have agreed to remove their request.

After constructive talks between the FA and the club, the club has agreed to remove their request for the tie to be played behind closed doors.

The FA is in talks with the Government and the league to find a solution that will allow both fans of the club to attend games and away games at the same time.

The club have not been allowed to sell tickets as per the terms of their licence since the government intervention, and sources have told ESPN that they sold around 600 tickets for the game.

The U.K. government loosened the restrictions on the amount of money that can be spent on staging home games, with some success, but previously issued a statement on Tuesday saying that they were against it.

It is important for the competition that the match against Middlesbrough goes ahead, however it is with extreme reluctance that we are asking the FA board to direct that the game be played behind closed doors for matters of sporting integrity.

The outcome would have a huge impact on the club and its supporters, as well as our own fans who have already bought a limited number of tickets that were sold before the licence was imposed, but we believe this is the fairest way of proceeding in the current circumstances.

After the FA confirmed that they will review the application at a board meeting Wednesday, Middlesbrough released their own statement pointing out what they believe is hypocrisy following the government's decision to punish Abramovich.

We are aware of the request by the Blues to have the sixth round tie played behind closed doors, and we find it bizarre and without merit.

All concerned are aware of the reasons for the sanction and that it has nothing to do with the club.

It is not only unfair but also lacks any foundation to suggest that our fans should be punished.

Given the reasons for the sanctions, it is ironic that the game is being played behind closed doors.

We currently await formal notification from the FA of the next steps, but rest assured that we will resist the actions of the club in the strongest terms.

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation would continue their conversations with the team.

The team said in their statement that they hope to reach a resolution with OFSI on the issue of ticket sales.

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