Police intervened to remove banner from City fans at the Emirates.
The police have revealed they intervened to remove a banner from Manchester City fans protesting about ticket prices at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
Stewards failed to remove the banner, which read ‘£62!! Where will it stop?’, but match-day officers were able to act without making any arrests.
Nine-hundred away-end tickets were returned to Arsenal by Manchester City, with fans protesting about being charged £62 for the game, which the Champions comfortably won 2-0.
Those fans that did attent the game came with banners of protest but stewards intervened shortly before kick-off in an attempt to remove the slogans.
Arsenal claimed that the stewards acted because the large banner obscured the view of other supporters, not because of its message.
In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: “During the Arsenal v Man City match on Sunday, 13 January, officers assisted stewards at the Emirates Stadium in order to prevent a breach of the peace, after away supporters were asked by stewards to take down a banner.
“Officers spoke to the supporters, who had refused to take down the banner, and then assisted stewards with its removal. No arrests were made.
“The monitoring of banners inside football stadiums is a matter for club security.
“However, officers may assist security, for instance, where there are fears of a potential breach of the peace.”
Meanwhile, the linesman in Sunday’s match has gained plaudits for reminding the City stars to applaud the away fans who did attent the game.
Assistant referee John Brooks was heard telling City players including Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott: “They’ve paid 62 quid over there, go and see them.”
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