Minnows Marine sell 20k virtual FA Cup tickets

Non-League club Marine announced that they have sold over 30,000 virtual tickets for their 5-0 defeat to Tottenham in the third round FA Cup match on Sunday.

The minnows were unable to host supporters at The Marine Travel Arena to watch Jose Mourinho’s side with the match being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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As a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, the club said they would sell virtual tickets to make up for the potential loss in revenue.

The stadium has a capacity of 3,185 but Marine have broken their record attendance of 6,000 by selling over 30,000 virtual tickets.

Marine also announced that ticket buyers will automatically enter a raffle where the winner will have the opportunity to manage the club for a preseason friendly game.

Mourinho told a news conference before the tie that he plans to buy a ticket but is unsure whether he can be in the Marine dugout if he wins due to his duties as Spurs manager.

Liverpool and Everton also helped Marine avert a preparation crisis by allowing them to use their training grounds in the build-up to the cup tie.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher agreed to step in and sponsor Marine after the club lost their sponsorship for the clash when an advertiser pulled out.

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