Monday, December 1

Time to make a stand

Anyone who applied for tickets to United's December 13 trip to Spurs may have noticed the away allocation has been slashed from 3,000 to 1,900.

Under Premier League rules, clubs are obliged to give visiting fans 3,000 or 10 per cent of their stadium (whichever is least) unless outside authorities intervene.

Tottenham's press manager Simon Felstein said restricting the allocation "is as a direct consequence of persistent standing by the visiting Manchester United fans and in particular this behaviour at last season's corrsponding fixture."

He said the decision was taken by its Safety Advisory Group, which is chaired by Haringey Council which "has agreed to monitor and review the situation going forward."

In English that means "sit down like good boys and we might let more of you in next season."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't fans of just about every other team who visited White Hart Lane last season stand persistently in the upper tier?

Oh look! What's this? Sunderland fans this very August standing up in the away end.

Did anyone die or get injured in this video or at any match in which people stood in the upper tier at this stadium last season, earlier this season or, indeed, in the last 10 years?

Call my cynical, but it's no coincidence that the Safety Advisory Group chooses to withdraw tickets from away fans when they happen to support the English and European champions, as

it's a far sight easier to attract Spurs fans to United at home than Sunderland at home, with all due respect to them.

Plus, they get to cut down on the policing bill and make a fortune in the megastore.

Oli Winton from MUST is encouraging all reds to email to tell them exactly what you think about this decision. (Be kind, though).

Here is what MUST have written to them:


I am absolutely appauled by Haringey Council's decision to not allow Manchester United supporters to be given the upper tier of the way section at White Hart Lane and, therefore, to limit number of tickets from 3,000 to 1,900.

Tottenham Hotspur FC have stated clearly that they were instructed to take this action by the council, apparently caused by United supporters standing up in previous years.

I attend football matches all over the country every week and see that most sets of fans behind the goal mouth of all teams stand up.

This includes Tottenham fans in the same stand who I understand ARE being allowed to use the upper tier in the seats usually reserved for away fans. There is no logic to this decision at all.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with information of how many football fans have been injured, including minor reported scrapes, at White Hart Lane in the last decade in the upper tier that are a result of fans standing up?

I am appalled by this decision which penalises ordinary decent football fans from obtaining a ticket to an important match, and would have thought the council should have far bigger concerns at the moment when it comes to safety.

Oli was, no doubt, referring to the council's current difficulties with child welfare.

While there is absolutely no chance Spurs will reverse their decision this season, your pressure will increase the chances of us getting a fairer deal next season at White Hart Lane and other stadia.

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