Manchester City Banner Fan Threatened With Arrest

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A Manchester City fan was threatened with arrest after he protested against Arsenal's ticket prices in the clubs' Premier League match on Sunday.

Rick Taylor, 25, unfurled the banner, which read "£62!! Where will it stop?" at the Emirates Stadium prior to kick-off.

Stewards then surrounded the City supporter and demanded he hand over the homemade banner or face arrest. Mr Taylor branded the incident "crazy".

He told the Manchester Evening News:

“I tucked it under my coat when we went in because I thought they might try to stop me.

“I saw someone else had one and the photographers were taking pictures of it so I thought it was the perfect opportunity.

“I held it up with one of my friends but within seconds a steward came over.

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“He told me that while he agreed with my argument he was under strict instructions to remove it and would have to throw me out if I did not comply.

“I told him 'no way'.

“Then two police officers came over and told me that I was breaking ground regulations and if I did not hand it over they would arrest me.

“I asked them why. It was a peaceful protest and there was nothing offensive on the banner. There was certainly no problem with anyone sat close to me.

“They were adamant and I contemplated making a stand, despite the £62, but I didn't fancy getting arrested so I reluctantly handed it over.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “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."

“They gave it back to me at the end of the match but it didn't make any difference then. It was crazy.”

City returned over 900 tickets after some supporters decided to boycott the match in protest at the £62 price while others could not justify the cost.

Because of the success City has enjoyed over the past two seasons, the club are now a Category A fixture at the Emirates, along with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsène Wenger was criticised on Friday after he labelled the £62 cost "fair".

Some of the 2,000 Blues in attendance paid an additional £28 in coach fare, running up a £90 bill just to get to the game.

It was estimated last week by the Football Supporters' Federation that Premier League clubs could cut their ticket prices by £32.

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