Villa ticket snub for Gooners

Aston Villa have controversially cut Arsenal’s ticket allocation to just 2,300 for this month’s midweek clash at Villa Park after Birmingham City Council decided that persistent standing from the travelling fans would not be tolerated anymore.
Arsenal usually receive an allocation of around 3,000 tickets for the fixture which always sells out quickly and is a favourite for travelling Gooners. However a statement on states that due to standing and blocking emergency exit routes Arsenal will have 700 fewer supporters at the game on the 27th of  January.
Away supporters were relocated to the Doug Ellis stand at the start of the 2007/8 season after Martin O’Neill decided he wanted home fans behind the North Stand Lower tier to create more of an atmosphere at the ground.
Big clubs taking their full allocation now have 1,500 supporters in the Upper Tier and 1,500 supporters in the lower tier, and it is those in the Lower Tier that have been standing during Arsenals two visits whilst occupying these seats.
You could forgive the travelling fans for being out of their seats both times as in December 2007 former Gunners Emmanuel Adebayor and Matthau Flamini scored as Arsenal came from one goal down to win.
Then last season in a thrilling Boxing Day encounter Arsenal went two goals up through Denilson and Abu Diaby before a penalty from Gareth Barry and a late Curtis Davies goal snatched a point for Villa.
Other clubs such as Manchester United have had allocations cut due to persistent standing.  The North-West club now only receive 1,900 tickets each season at Tottenham due to fans standing in the upper tiers. Sunderland and Middlesbrough have also cut visiting teams tickets for the same reason.
One question I will ask, is will Arsenal now cut Aston Villas 3,000 tickets down to 2,300 for our next league fixture against them at Emirates?  Virtually every single Villa fan at the game at Emirates at Christmas stood for the entire 90 minutes!

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