Paul Robinson has told Football Insider that Newcastle United can learn a lot from his old club Leeds United with regards to season ticket refunds.
As per Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England international goalkeeper expressed his disappointment that the Tyneside club have failed to announce a refund for season ticket holders. Robinson urged clubs to treat supporters, who have spent tens of thousands watching their teams over the years, fairly in these rather difficult times.
The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust (NUST) sent a letter to the St. James’ Park club two weeks ago asking if season ticket holders would be refunded for games played behind closed doors. However, no statement has been given despite the BBC requesting comment and derby rivals Sunderland announcing that a rebate would be available to their fans.
Teams across Europe have made significant losses whilst the campaign has been suspended and that only stands to worsen until supporters can safely return to stadia. When asked by Football Insider if Newcastle fans were being treated unfairly, Robinson said:
“It is the club’s prerogative and it is up to them what they want to do and what relationship they have with their fans.
“Leeds were one of the forerunners in refunding their season ticket holders. The phenomenal relationship they have with their fans, they felt it was important to do that.
“It is disappointing because fans pay money to watch football and it is no different to what the broadcasters are doing with clubs. The fans should be treated fairly by the clubs.
“Yes, there is financial hardship but the fans are going through that as well. For the fans to recoup £50-£150 could mean a lot.
“These are people that have spent hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands watching their football club over the years.”
Indeed, it could be all the more important for the would-be owners to keep the Toon faithful on their side, providing that the prospective takeover in the northeast is eventually approved by the Premier League, as they will all be embarking on a new era rid of current owner Mike Ashley.
If Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabia-led consortium were able to refund the season tickets, then this could prove to be a vital step to attracting the supporters back to the club for the 2020/21 season.
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