Wembley woe for Wigan as FA open neutral section after Latics fail to sell 10,000 tickets
15:06 GMT, 10 April 2013
16:38 GMT, 10 April 2013
Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan at Wembley will be open to 'neutral' supporters following the Premier League team's struggle to sell tickets.
Wigan's ticket sales have so far not sold 10,000 of their 31,000 allocation for the last-four tie against the Championship side and the FA have intervened by opening a mixed zone for spectators.
Both teams were given just over 31,000 tickets and Millwall – who are, of course, based in London – are expected to sell their full quota.
Poor sales: The FA have opened a neutral section for this weekend's semi-final between Millwall and Wigan
But Wigan's Wembley woe is not exactly unexpected. Roberto Martinez's men rarely sell out home matches and the average attendance for Premier League games at the DW Stadium this season is just shy of 19,000.
Perhaps more of a surprise is that Millwall, who only had around 9,000 at their home game against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, have managed to shift nearly 31,000 tickets.
The FA have now made a maximum of 6,000 seats, from what was due to be Wigan's allocation, available to neutrals.
Even so, Wembley is still expected to be far from full on Saturday with officials estimating around 15,000 empty seat.
Sunday's more glamorous semi-final between Manchester City and Chelsea is expected to sell out, though.
Wigan qualified for their first ever FA Cup semi-final thanks to a surprising 3-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park.
meanwhile, advanced to the last four after Danny Shittu's header saw
off Blackburn in their quarter-final replay at Ewood Park.
Cruise: Wigan set up their first ever FA Cup semi-final after a 3-0 win at Goodison Park in the last round
Heading for Wembley: Danny Shittu scored the only goal as Millwall beat Blackburn in their quarter-final replay