Manchester United have come to face the backlash of their own fans lately, after the club banned a lifelong season ticket holder from applying for tickets for the away games.
As per Manchester United’s ticket policy, fans are required to compulsorily notify the club in case they are unable to attend an away game, so as to cancel the booking. However, a fan named Graeme Clarke, who has been a Manchester United season ticket holder for the past 40 years, failed to do so.
Clarke fell ill on the day the Red Devils visited the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City in a Premier League clash back in August, and was therefore, unable to notify the club of his inability to attend the game. But this led to the violation of the club’s ticket policy, and thus, the 58-year-old was handed a hefty ban.
The long-term United supporter has now been banned from attending the club’s away games, as his opportunity to apply for the tickets of any fixtures away from Old Trafford has been revoked for the next 12 months.
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Sam Kelleher, United’s head of ticketing and membership operations, has remained firm on the decision, despite an appeal from Clarke and his family.
And this has left Graeme Clarke devastated, according to his son, Callum Clarke.
“He’s absolutely gutted because he lives for going, especially to away games. It’s what he lives for and now he’s near retirement he just wants to go and enjoy it,” Callum told M.E.N. Sport.
“It’s just really, really disappointing after all the loyalty we have shown them, we’re trying to get a little bit of loyalty back and some understanding.”
This action by the club has not been met well by many of the loyal Manchester United fans, and they have ended up labeling this move as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disgusting’.