Naomi Long has welcomed the decision by the Irish Football Association (IFA) to change the method for purchasing Irish Cup Final tickets.
The showpiece game between Glentoran and Portadown on May 2nd had attracted previously controversy after the IFA announced tickets would only be available via Ticketmaster, leading to a series of health and safety concerns, as well as worries that fans would be charged extra for online booking.
However, the IFA has now announced both clubs will be able to sell their allocations directly to fans.
“I am pleased the IFA have listened to the voices of the fans,” said East Belfast Alliance candidate Mrs Long.
“A number of supporters had contacted my office citing problems around their attempts to buy tickets. I hope by allowing the clubs to sell their own allocations, fans can be reassured about buying tickets that best suits their needs.
“I has been in contact with the IFA regarding this issue in recent weeks and while disappointed by their initial response, they have finally made the correct decision.
“Concerns remain about ground capacity and I will continue to push for a resolution to ensure as many fans as possible see the game. In the meantime, everyone will be relieved this decision has been made, which is good news for fan safety.”