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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Two club statements on no loyalty pot for Bolton

2nd statement

"Persistent standing by United fans is a cause of concern and has resulted in reduced ticket allocations for many away matches this season. As standing at FA Premier League games is against the law, the safety authorities and football authorities are looking for the Club to demonstrate its efforts to tackle the problem. Having tried unsuccessfully several other ways of persuading fans to sit, including letters to fans from Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, the Club has to try a different method for one game. We have therefore decided to suspend the Loyalty Pot. The suspension of the Loyalty Pot was suggested by the Fans' Forum and it was agreed that this would come into force for the match against Bolton Wanderers on 1 April. The Loyalty Pot will only be suspended for one match. But we will monitor the situation and use the evidence to assess future action."

1st statement

"Due to the persistent standing by Manchester United fans over the past several seasons, leading to the blocking of gangways and overcrowding of rows at away matches, a detailed debate took place at the last meeting of the Fans' Forum. The group discussed whether the Club should review its allocation policy for a forthcoming away game to demonstrate to safety advisory groups and relevant football authorities around the country that Manchester United are attempting to alleviate the problem in a bid to maximise allocations for future away games. This resulted in a recommendation from the Fans' Forum that the loyalty pot should be suspended for the Bolton Wanderers away game on Saturday 1st April. Supporters who are members of the loyalty pot could still apply for this game but their priority status was not taken into consideration. I realise this is disappointing news for many of you but hope you appreciate the position the Club has been placed in both internally and externally prior to taking this decision."

Someone on the Fans Forum itself says the club put the idea to the Fans Forum not the other way around. The Fans Forum member told MUST

"but as far as this Bolton game goes, the club initially put the idea for a suspension of the loyalty pot into the discussion"


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