Manchester United have complained to the Football Association about their ticket allocation for the FA Cup third round tie with Manchester City, BBC
United have been awarded 5,500 tickets on the grounds of safety for the massive tie at the Etihad Stadium. FA rules state that United are entitled to 15% of the capacity, which is 7,100 tickets. The Red Devils are demanding that they receive their full entitlement for the January 8th clash, which pits the top two in the Premier League against each other. City are eager to keep their original allocation to prevent any trouble, but United are furious with seeing their allocation slashed by 4%.
The situation has been complicated by the away allocation City usually receive for cup games at Old Trafford. The FA give special dispensation to United to award 8,500 tickets due to their 78,000 seater statium. Such an allocation is less than 15 per cent and United feel that City have done the same to get their won back. City club officials have stressed that their stadium design is difficult to allocate more than 6,100 fans for any away game.
City beat United 6-1 earlier in the season at Old Trafford and United are keen to avenge their humiliation. The blue half of Manchester has been on top in recent times with City beating United in last season’s FA Cup semi-final 1-0 and topping the Premier League this season. The fixture at City will be the first time since 1955 that United have travelled to Eastlands for an FA Cup tie.
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