David Sharpe on Blackpool: “This could be a massive day for us, so let’s all be loud and support the team sensibly.”
- Latics play Blackpool in Sky Bet League One on Saturday 30 April in all-ticket match.
- Away allocation of 3,000 sold out and supporters without ticket urged not to travel.
- Supporters reminded about use of flares and pitch encroachment.
- Chairman David Sharpe: “I want the fans to represent Wigan Athletic in the best possible way.”
With Latics having sold out their allocation of 3,000 tickets, no away supporters will be able to pay on the day and those without tickets are being urged not to attempt to enter the stadium.
Ashley Keyte, Greater Manchester Police Football Liaison Officer, said: “We have been working closely with Lancashire Police for this match to ensure the safety of all supporters.
“The game is all-ticket and there will be no away sales on the day, so the message is clear, if you haven’t got a ticket, please don’t try and enter the stadium.”
Supporters are being reminded about the use of pyrotechnics including flares and smoke grenades, as well as pitch encroachment.
David Sharpe, Wigan Athletic Chairman, said: “The feel-good factor around our games has been exceptional and we have travelled in numbers all season, the majority of fans have been impeccably behaved.
“There has been a lot of talk around this game, and the demand for tickets was unprecedented. We want all our supporters to get behind the players and give them the sort of backing they have all season. But we must stay within the law.
“The use of flares and smoke devices and entering the field of play are illegal and could result both in the club being punished and the individuals appearing in court and getting football banning orders.
“This could be a massive day for the club, so let’s all be loud and support the team sensibly. Enjoy Blackpool. Up the Tics.”