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Man Utd fans threaten court case over Chelsea ticket allocation

The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) has threatened legal action against a local council after the club’s away ticket allocation for the forthcoming Premier League trip to Chelsea was belatedly reduced.

The Premier League confirmed last Friday that the game would kick off at 17:30 on Saturday 22 October due to Chelsea’s participation in the Champions League.

As a result of the change in kick-off time and concerns about the police, United’s away allocation has been reduced by 624 tickets to 2,370. The Metropolitan Police originally proposed reducing United’s allocation by almost 1,500 tickets.

United called the reduction “unjustified” and urged fans who would be willing to swap or cancel their tickets to come forward in order to meet the new allocation.

On Wednesday, MUST sent a preliminary letter to Hammersmith and Fulham Council, who issued the game’s safety certificate, to proceed with a reduced number of away fans.

The letter urges the reversal of the reduced allocation, with a response required by noon on Friday, October 14.

The letter reads: “If we do not receive a reply to this letter from you within the above response period, or if you confirm your refusal to reverse your decision, we reserve the right to pursue a judicial review procedure without further ado take notice against you.”

A MUST spokesman said: “For a supporter trust, hiring lawyers is always a last resort, but enough is enough.

“United fans and football fans in general are fed up with being victims of unfair and irrational decisions by councils and the police who seem to see us more as a public order issue than normal people enjoying a day off.

“Tickets have been sold for this game and the fans are being treated like second-class citizens.”

pleasemynews has reached out to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for an answer.

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