Ipswich charge for rematch but Boro fans go free

Ipswich will charge fans who watched Saturday's abandoned Championship game with Middlesbrough at least £5 for the rearranged game on Tuesday, 27 March.

Middlesbrough have offered to cover the cost of tickets for their 730 supporters who travelled to Suffolk.

The club are also considering running a free coach for those who travelled.

The match at Portman Road was goalless when referee Dean Whitestone halted proceedings after 37 minutes because of a frozen pitch.

Town waited until Monday to finalise their ticket plans and have decided fans who attended the game will be charged £5, £7.50 or £10 to watch the rescheduled fixture.

Ipswich chief executive Simon Clegg told BBC Radio Suffolk: "What we're trying to do here is go way beyond the commitment we were required to in our terms and conditions and make the right call from an overall perspective.

"I hope people will think we've gone a long way.

"Middlesbrough's decision [to pay for their fans] did not have an influence at all because the game is at Portman Road. Middlesbrough will do what they think is right for their fans, like we did after our defeat at Peterborough and we laid on free coaches for Ipswich fans to go Blackpool."

Boro chief operating officer Neil Bausor said: "This is a way of thanking the fans for their continued loyalty. Our travelling support this season has been absolutely magnificent.

"The manager and the players all very much appreciate the fantastic backing they give us and the considerable sacrifices they make in terms of their time and their hard-earned money in order to do so."

Both managers agreed that abandoning the original fixture was the right decision.

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