WATFORD have been forced to reimburse fans who bought tickets for the FA Cup fourth round clash against Manchester United after being embarrassed by Tranmere.
The Hornets were dumped out of the cup after losing their third-round replay 2-1 after extra-time at Prenton Park on Thursday night.
But Watford had already put tickets for the fourth-round tie with United on sale, meaning a number of fans will now demand their money back.
The original replay was forced to be rearranged due to bad weather wrecking the pitch.
Because of how close the fourth-round ties are – with the first game, between QPR and Sheffield Wednesday, tonight – Watford were forced to sell tickets for a game they knew they weren’t guaranteed to be involved in.
Thousands of supporters are reported to have shelled out to buy tickets for the glamour tie with Man Utd.
But the club will now be forced to give fans their money back as the club face the prospect of a weekend off.
On the other hand, Tranmere supporters went straight from their seats for the Watford win to the ticket office to get their tickets for the United clash.
And former Tranmere star James Norwood even rubbed salt into Watford’s wound by tweeted a sly dig at their presumptuous ticketing.
Watford had initially posted information about fourth-round tickets on Twitter.
But Norwood hit back on Thursday, writing: “If you could come to the club shop tomorrow and get your refunds that would be great…”