The FA Cup match between Arsenal and Manchester United will be played with only 8.7% of Manchester United fans, instead of the normal 15%.
One of the most magical moments in the FA Cup is the requirement that at least 15% of the tickets will be allocated to away fans.
But Arsenal has asked to only sell half of these tickets to Manchester United fans, citing “safety reasons,” something which of course has angered the Red Devils’ supporters.
“What makes the FA Cup special is the larger away allocations than you get in league games. This creates the unique stadium atmosphere? so beloved of the FA’s premier cup competition,” a spokesman for Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said to The Manchester Evening News.
“For Arsenal to offer little over half the proper allocation is a joke. And to say away fans cannot be in an upper tier, where they are at many league grounds, is ridiculous.”
“We need to keep the FA Cup special, and that means making Arsenal stick to the full away fan allocation,” he added.