Betfair offer ticket amnesty for uneasy AFC Wimbledon fans ahead of MK Dons FA Cup clash30th November 2012 / lee
Online betting exchange Betfair have extended a generous offer to fans of AFC Wimbledon ahead of their FA Cup second round match against the Mk Dons. Because of the feelings of former Wimbledon fans who saw their club relocated 60 miles north in 2003 to Buckinghamshire, where they became known as the Milton Keynes Dons. Back in Greater London, AFC Wimbledon was formed, and some of the AFC Wimbledon who had initially purchased tickets to head to Milton Keynes, have changed their minds about heading north for the match.
Such was the resentment over the club’s move to Milton Keynes, that there had even been talks of a match boycott by an AFC Wimbledon supporters group, but they decided to back down from it. But there are still a crop of fans who feel uneasy about going to the one place that they never wanted to see their club have to go to to play a match. So betting exchange Betfair have stepped in with a solution for any AFC Wimbledon fans who are unsure about going.
The betting company has decided to set up an Amnesty Box for the first 250 AFC Wimbledon fans who hand over their tickets. The Amnesty Box can be found in the Kingsmeadow box office (the home of AFC Wimbledon) where tickets will have to be handed in before 3pm on December 1st, and not only that, BetFair will make a donation to the Dons Trust for every returned ticket. AFC Wimbledon will still receive the ticket money for any tickets handed in.
Dons boss Neal Ardley said: “Everyone connected to this great club knows what an emotive issue it is for us and our supporters. We’re grateful to Betfair for taking some of the pressure off what will be a very tough decision. I’m sure our fans will do what’s best for both themselves and the club.”