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Emma Hayes says 'women's football is TOO CHEAP' but praises Arsenal selling-out for Tottenham clash

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Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says women’s football is ‘too cheap’ but believes Arsenal selling 51,000 paid-for tickets for tomorrow’s north London derby is a huge step forward.

Arsenal could break the attendance record for a women’s domestic match in the UK when they take on Tottenham at the Emirates tomorrow if they surpass a crowd of 53,000.

Unlike some previous women’s games held at men’s stadia, no tickets have been given away for free. Emma Hayes called women's football 'too cheap' after Arsenal sold 50,000 tickets for Spurs clash Hayes praised Arsenal for their promotion of the fixture and insisted women’s football needs to work towards a sustainable growth. ‘I've said it many times, women's football is too cheap and I will stand by that.

I think selling out [the Emirates] if it does sell out, there's hope it sells out and if not what a tremendous job anyway. ‘Whether they're paying £10, or [more] it's a step in the right direction, the next step is the recognition that men's international breaks really work as a really good opportunity for the women's game. ‘So let's make sure we build that into the calendar throughout the whole year and that might not be achievable now.

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