Linesman tells Man City stars to thank fans who paid £62

Jan 14, 2013

Official John Brooks sympathises with fans after protests over the cost of tickets at Arsenal

THE ROW over ticket prices at Arsenal continues after a match official was caught on camera instructing Manchester City players to go and salute their fans after the game at the Emirates on Sunday because of the amount they had to spend to watch it. There were also reports that police confiscated banners complaining about the prices from away fans.

At the end of the game, won 2-0 by City, the players lined up to shake hands with the referee and his assistants. But linesman John Brooks was overheard telling City stars Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart that they should thank their supporters. "They've paid 62 quid over there, go and see them," he told the players.

His comments came after it emerged last week that City had returned more than 900 tickets for the Arsenal match because their supporters could not afford them, and some of the travelling fans came armed with banners complaining about ticket prices.

According to the Daily Mail police confiscated some of the placards.

But the disgruntled fans appeared to get support from Premier League chief executive Peter Scudamore, who told Radio 5: "I think they are sending Arsenal Football Club a very clear message... Arsenal have clearly made a judgment and I think the Man City fans, in fairness, have done what they should do if they think it is too much and not turned up. It does make people think again and that is actually what the market should do."

He added that it was a "top priority" to keep away fans happy.

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