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Statement: Ticket checks

Chairman Alan Hardy explains reasons for ticket checks at Newport match

31 October 2017

Notts County chairman and owner Alan Hardy has issued the following message to supporters regarding additional ticket checks at Saturday's home match.

"As part of the club's open, honest and transparent lines of communication, we wish to clarify the reasoning behind the recent decision to introduce spot ticket checks inside the stadium.

"We have been made aware that a small group are abusing our ticketing policy by using tickets to which they are not entitled.

"Put simply, they are buying discounted concession tickets for youngsters and senior citizens and passing them on to be used by adults.

"This is defrauding the club of a considerable amount of money which would be used to help our future development across all levels, while it is also wholly unfair on honest supporters who pay the correct amount.

"I am extremely passionate about encouraging the next generation of young Notts fans to come and watch us by making it as affordable as possible but we have to put a stop to this wilful abuse of our ticketing initiatives.

"With immediate effect, I have instructed all our turnstile operators to adopt higher levels of vigilance upon entry and the club will also be utilising additional stewards to check tickets inside the ground.

"I would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask supporters to give themselves a little extra time to gain entrance into the stadium at future matches while we address this issue."

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