BRADFORD City co-chairman Mark Lawn has warned anyone found profiteering from tickets for the club's FA Cup quarter-final will be banned for life.

Thousands of fans queued up outside Valley Parade on Sunday to secure their seats for the club's FA Cup quarter-final against Reading on Saturday, March 7.

But reports have surfaced of match tickets, worth £15 for adults, are now being sold online for more than £240.

An online ticket site had tickets for the last-eight tie on sale for between £102 and £241 yesterday for the Longside Upper Tier and Shortside Lower Tier stands.

Mr Lawn said: "If we find them doing it, we will ban them for life from Bradford City.

"If anyone is thinking of selling the tickets on, I would say don't do it.

"It is the same as buying a Rolex watch that you know is stolen.

"What is the police doing about this?

"I would say to anyone thinking of buying a ticket off one of these websites to not do it. They are committing an illegal act.

"They know they shouldn't do it.

"If we see the tickets we will be able to trace them back."

Meanwhile, angry Bradford City fans criticised the club after missing out on tickets for the Reading tie on the first day they went on sale.

Season ticket holders who could not go to the stadium in person went online to get their tickets.
But many say they were unsuccessful after waiting for up to five hours.

Tony Crowther, 58, of Bowling Green View, Drighlington, who has been a season ticket holder for 20 years, spent five hours on the club's website.

He said: "I just feel disgusted by it.

"It should have been the priority for season ticket holders. They should have the first-come-first served basis.

"What's left should then be sold. I feel bitter.

"I don't think the club has anticipated the demand.

"I'm not going to see another quarter-final in my lifetime. I don't want to miss it.

"I'm frustrated with the club."

Alan Bland, 63, of Halifax, who has held a season ticket for the last 15 years, said: "I was on the computer for four hours.

"I just can't understand why they did the unlimited amount of tickets for anybody.
"I think it was badly organised by the club."

The club reacted and made extra tickets available to season ticket holders directly from the ticket office at Valley Parade yesterday, with a couple of hundred fans queuing up at the ground yesterday morning.

Mr Lawn says the club had hundreds of tickets left last night but would be contacting season tickets holders during the rest of this week to sell the remaining tickets.

Julian Rhodes, Bradford City co-chairman, said: "We did the same scheme on Sunday as we did for the Sunderland game in the previous round.

"We did not envisage the demand being quite as strong as it was.

"Consequently, all the areas of the ground that we had open sold out.

"We just hope we have held back enough tickets to satisfy the season ticket holders.

"However, we have held back the North west corner and a few other areas.

"Our priority is to make sure season ticket holders who have not got a ticket, now get a ticket."