Apology issued and free travel offered as Norwich City respond to FA Cup pricing criticism

A half full Carrow road watches the action during the third round of the FA Cup at Carrow Road, Norw

A half full Carrow road watches the action during the third round of the FA Cup at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

An apology has been issued by Norwich City for the heavily-criticised pricing for the club's FA Cup third round clash against Southampton on Saturday – with free travel being offered for next week's replay.

Adult tickets for the game were £25 and annoyed fans stayed away, with a low crowd of just 12,479 inside Carrow Road to see City hold the Premier League side to a 2-2 draw and force a replay.

Saints have priced next Wednesday night's replay at £12 for adults but more criticism came City's way after Club Canary coach travel was priced at £33.

That has today been cancelled, with travel being offered for free for the 7.45pm kick-off – with last night's draw teeing up a home clash with Arsenal for the winners in the fourth round.

In a statement posted on City's official website, a club spokesman said: 'The club is proud to stand on its own two feet financially but this does require that we maintain a delicate balance between generating revenue to support the strongest squad possible and also providing the fairest prices for our loyal supporters.

'Based on supporter feedback and the low attendance, we got that balance wrong with the prices we set for our FA Cup game against Southampton on Saturday and we apologise for that.

'The board have taken the decision to offer free coach travel to St Mary's for our important replay against the Saints and we hope as many City fans as possible will make the journey to cheer on the team.'

For full details of the free coach travel, go to www.canaries.co.uk.