Manchester United and Leeds are embroiled in ticket row ahead of next month’s Elland Road clash after Old Trafford club were OUTRAGED that fierce rivals offered low allocation to away fans
- Manchester United complained over their allocation for February 20 clash
- Club were outraged at only being given 2,565 tickets rather than 3000
- They also said Leeds are not offering any discounted prices for seniors
- The row will do nothing to ease the animosity of their fierce rivalry
Manchester United and Leeds United have become embroiled in a ticket row ahead of their clash at Elland Road next month.
The old rivals clashed off the field when the Manchester side complained to the Premier League over their allocation for the February 20 clash.
They were outraged that they had only been offered 2,565 tickets when they expected 3,000.
Leeds were reported to the Premier League by Manchester United for the low allocation
Ralf Rangnick’s side were initially told only 2,565 tickets could be sold to away fans
And Old Trafford officials also hit out, claiming Leeds had indicated that they would not be offering discounts for seniors.
‘Leeds United have offered our fans only 2,565 (including 225 restricted view) tickets for this game versus the 3,000 we were expecting in line with Premier League guidelines.’ United told supporters in an email.
‘They have also indicated that they will not offer a concessionary discount for seniors. These issues have been escalated to the Premier League.’
Sportsmail understands that the issue surrounded a television studio which Leeds installed in the away section before Christmas, which reduced capacity. They were told by the top flight that visiting fans must take priority.
There promises to be a hostile reception for United in enemy territory on February 20
As a result, they are now removing the studio at a cost which is believed to be around £50,000, with broadcasters conducting operations either at pitch-side or elsewhere.
Their trans-Pennine rivals have now been offered close to the 3,000 they expected – with the shortfall down to segregation logistics – and what has been described as a ‘minimal’ offering of concessionary tickets for those aged over 65 will also be provided.
Both clubs declined to comment.
The row will do nothing to ease an animosity between each club that has existed for generations.
Amid unsavoury scenes ahead of their clash in August, a small number of fans fought in the streets of Manchester.