Swansea Warn Man United Fans To Stay Out Of Home End
November 19, 2011
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Manchester United are set to take on Premier League debutants Swansea this afternoon and they have to travel to Liberty Stadium in Wales in order to do so, but their hosts have warned the club that any fans that travel with the view to gain entry into the home stand will be denied entry into the ground and their ticket removed from them.
The warnings comes as Swansea look to reward their own supporters with all available seats for the game and have issued the denial of Manchester United shirts in the home stands in order to fill their own allocation with fans that will back the home side.
The Premier League champions will travel to Wales for the first time today and will enter into the game as huge favourites to take all three points but Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he knows that fact and said that the pressure was on Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to win the game.
Liberty Stadium has been sold out for the fixture, creating a 20,520 sell out, and Swansea are looking for their fans to create an atmosphere within the ground that will make the home side feel like they have the support of 50,000 fans, something that Rodgers believes would enhance the club’s chances of causing an upset today.
The move to ban Manchester United wear from the home allocation of the stadium has been welcomed by the Swansea supporters club and the chairman of the supporters club revealed that “it‘s not unusual to see Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea shirts at matches.” a comment that shows that smaller clubs seem to fall foul of travelling fans being able to get their hands on home tickets.
Phil Sumbler, the chairman of the supporters club also said that due to the size of their opponents, Swansea, like any other city, has a wealth of Manchester United fans and this could be seen as a chance to be able to see the Premier League champions play without having to travel to Old Trafford to do so.
Although the club are taking steps to deny entry of any fans wearing Manchester United shirts, unless in the away allocation of the stadium, the club have seen their own shirt sales rocket since their promotion to the Premier League, selling out of the initial 6,000 shirts that were put on sale within the club shop within the first day.
Due to the size of the Liberty Stadium, United will only have received around 2,000 tickets to sell to their travelling fans, a move that the home side see as being a benefit to their own supporters as they get to see their side play against one of the best teams in the world.