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Brugge Disgrace – 10,000 Empty Seats As Thousands Locked out

8 years ago
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A great fightback last night after conceding two poor goals that had Tim Krul beating the ground in frustration.

Off the pitch United fans had a great time sampling the delights of another foreign destination after a far too long barren European period. Once you get a taste you only want more!

Newcastle’s travelling army appears to have drawn widespread praise for the behaviour over in Bruges and while the locals’ fear of thousands travelling without tickets came predictably true, those worrying about general unrest were misguided.

One interesting sideshow last night was seeing the size of the attendance last night, taking into account the refusal by the Belgian club to give tickets to Newcastle’s ticketless thousands who had already booked travel and accommodation before discovering how few tickets were being allocated to United fans.

Club Brugge were still insisting in recent days that they could sell out to their fans, justifying the lack of a decent away allocation.

Their Jan Breydel Stadium has an official capacity of 29, 472 and last night the official attendance was 18,000!

Even allowing for knocking a thousand or two off the capacity for European matches which is the norm, you are still looking at a capacity last night of around 28,000 which means there were another ten thousand seats that were empty.

It is an absolute travesty that there were so many empty seats, yet in Bruges town centre you have thousands of ticketless Newcastle fans who’d paid their hard earned money to follow their team.

Club Brugge are an absolute disgrace and should be brought up by UEFA on a chrge of bringing the game into disrepute.

So Newcastle United are fined when somebody from Rotherham, who isn’t even a United fan, whips his trousers off and runs on the pitch, something almost impossible to stop if the person is determined to do it.

Yet a club like Brugge cause needless problems and expense to thousands of devoted football supporters and they aren’t taken to task.

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