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Manchester City owners realising should have bought Newcastle as can’t sell Wembley allocation

3 years ago
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Before they decided on Manchester City, the club’s owners were widely reported to have first looked at buying Newcastle United.

Despite the incredible amounts of cash they have poured into the club, especially when it comes to putting top quality players on the pitch, the Manchester City owners have seen the supporters repeatedly fail to respond in kind.

Pretty much every Premier League match you can see thousands of empty seats at the Etihad, as no matter how much money is spent, the City fans don’t fill the ground.

With the latest news on Thursday, the Manchester City owners will definitely have been wishing they’d tried a bit harder to buy Newcastle United instead.

Sky Sports have revealed that astonishingly, Manchester City have failed to sell all of their FA Cup semi-final allocation.

The glamour game sees them up against Arsenal at Wembley and with one day of sales remaining, the club have confirmed to Sky Sports that just under two thousand tickets haven’t been sold yet.

Considering this is the only competition that Man City could still win this season, it is incredible that the tickets weren’t snapped up straight away and over-subscribed.

Sky Sports say that reasons/excuses put forward on behalf of the Manchester City supporters is that a 3pm kick-off on Sunday means fans would get back to Manchester late that night.

There are allegedly also fears amongst their supporters of extra traffic congestion because the London Marathon is also on that day.

Chelsea meet Spurs in the other semi-final on Saturday afternoon.

The reality of course though is that these excuses are just embarrassing and not being able to sell out this Wembley allocation surely indicates once and for all, that no matter how much money the owners pour into the club, Manchester City fans are never going to truly appreciate it.

Now surely they must be able to get Mike Ashley’s phone number from someone…

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