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Police Eject 60-Year-Old Manchester City Fan For Refusing to Sit Down (NSFW Video)

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Watch any Premier League match in person or on television each weekend, and you’ll see plenty of supporters sitting in their seats, but you’ll also see many of them standing. In some grounds, you’ll see a greater percentage of fans standing up. Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium are just two examples.

But what happens when a security staff member asks a supporter to sit down and they allegedly refuse to follow their demands?

Here’s one video to show what happened to a 60-year-old Manchester City supporter this past Saturday in the game against Aston Villa. Uploaded by YouTube user Standing109, the video contains offensive language that is not suitable for children and is not safe for work.

According to Standing109, “An aging [Manchester City supporter] in [section] 109 refused to sit whilst those around him and the away fans stood.” He added that “Showsec [laughably “the leading concert and event crowd management security” firm, according to their website] picked him out as their let’s-make-an-example-for-the day and then called for the police. The bloke in question sat down before the police went to his seat, even with those around him still standing. They went and spoke to him, and whilst he was sitting down, told them he hadn’t done anything wrong.

“The GMP (Greater Manchester Police) seized an opportunity, at at least they thought they did, when [Mario] Balotelli scored, to try and manhandle him out of the ground. I didn’t see how the man ended up on the floor but he can clearly be heard in the video saying he takes tablets for a heart problem before they took him out and at no point did I see him forcibly resist.

“Their treatment of him was disgraceful and that’s not all. When the GMP waded into the crowd people were getting elbowed out of the way or knocked over, myself and a kid no older than seven included. [Their behavior was] completely out of order and an exemplar for any aspiring stewards or policemen and women in how not to defuse a situation. There’s also reports of Showsec stewards lashing out at fans. I did not see these events however but the above description is my eyewitness account and I would swear to it in court.”

EPL Talk contacted Manchester City Football Club for their side to the story, and here’s what they said regarding the matter:

“During Saturday’s match, a supporter who was persistently standing was politely asked to sit down by stewards, following complaints from supporters who were unable to watch the match,” said a club spokesman. “After refusing to co-operate, the Police intervened to help eject the man.

“The man refused to leave, prompting a small number of surrounding supporters, who became aggressive to both the stewards and the police. The man in question was ejected and a further two men were arrested for assault.

Manchester City Football Club has a zero tolerance policy on abusive or violent behaviour to staff.”

While the video contains some disturbing images, it’s not easy to see exactly what happened, but it does seem that the police and security used excessive force on the elderly man. The 60-year-old man in the video can be heard saying “I’ve done nothing wrong. Why are you screaming at me?”

Manchester City are caught between a rock and a hard place with their policy. Yes, supporters should be seated since it’s an all-seater ground, but the club is stifling the atmosphere at their ground if they expect their supporters to be seated for the entire match. After all, Manchester City supporters are well known for doing the Poznan, so what are the club going to do the next time their supporters stand up, turn their backs and start jumping up and down?

What’s your opinion regarding the matter? Should City enforce the no-standing policy, or be more lenient? Should the supporter have sat down when he was asked, or does he have the right to stand up if he felt he was being unfairly singled out? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. IanCransonsKnees

    October 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10412281

    It’s not uncommon to get treated like this in Manchester. Some savvy Stoke fans got their own back using Human Rights laws.

  2. Junt

    October 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Definitely over the top and a bit disturbing considering the stewards, safety staff and police are a presence to promote and provide safety. Shame a mans evening had to go that way.

    Wonder what the response by stewards, staff and police was to City supporters in the corner last night when Villareal players were heavily pelted by cups, trash, bottles and other items everytime they set up for a corner.

    Or if City will even issue a statement on that being that they’re so busy covering Aguero’s nut.

  3. andyinva

    October 19, 2011 at 8:28 am

    The idiot brought it on himself

    play by the rules, respect the people behind you and sit down when the police tell you sit down

    whats so hard about that

    he escalated the violence by not going quietly

    and if this guy is 60, hes definetly in the ‘hoolie’ generation

    I cant say I have any sympathy

    the police have a horrendous job and its d*ck heads like this that make it harder

  4. ronnie derry

    October 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    a disgraceful performance by the po po and the stewarts!!!!!!SHAME ON THEM!!

  5. Josh

    October 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Does anyone know if the man is ok?

    • The Gaffer

      October 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Yep, I believe he’s OK. City have invited the fan to meet with the club to discuss the incident.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  6. LasVegasMatt

    October 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Seems like he was laying there for a while without receiving medical attention. Are there no paramedics in the stadium?

  7. Matthew

    October 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    This is why I don’t attend live sporting events any more. Last time I went to one, a group of elderly men assaulted me because I stood up during the game. Between the stewards and these assholes who obviously came to the match to have no fun, it just isn’t worth the trouble when I can watch it at home and have a great time.

  8. Evertonian

    October 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Go to St.James park in the traveling section and see how your treated for standing during a match. This is rampant thru out the grounds. But to make an example of this man is cowardly.

  9. Silverback

    October 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I’m 60 next birthday and I found this article very upsetting. I an NOT aging !

    Seriously, I find people who continually stand up at games very annoying. Sure when there is some goal mouth action our natural reaction is to stand and that’s fine…….we all do it so no one’s view is spoiled. But during the normal course of play, I don’t wanna HAVE to stand just because the people in front are doing so. I’ve paid for a seat, not to stand in front of it. All the stewards need to do is give an ejection warning but to ALL those around and not pick on an individual. As for the police being called in……..nonsense.

    Ok I guess I am aging !

  10. Jason Gatties

    October 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Disgraceful use of force.

  11. Alex

    October 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    If you’re sitting down at a match then go watch it at home!

  12. Evan

    October 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    This story is all over every man city forum.
    Hopefully with enough publicity, some of the stewards can be fired.

  13. raok

    October 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    They are even telling people how to watch. No reason for them to behave like that. sad. Very sad.

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