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Fans troll Man City over empty seats vs Southampton – despite game being sold out

Manchester City have once again been trolled over empty seats at the Etihad, even though their game against Southampton was meant to be a sell out.

Pep Guardiola, the City boss, pleaded with more supporters to attend the Premier League fixture following Wednesday’s Champions League win over RB Leipzig.

His comments irked some of the club’s fanbase and Kevin Parker, the general secretary of City’s official supporters’ club, told him to stick to football.

Guardiola then threatened to “step aside” in his pre-match press conference and refused to apologise for what he said as the war of words raged on.



Manchester City fans watch the action during the Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Images shared online showed the empty seats in the Etihad stands

The Spanish manager may well have seen his fears realised as images have been shared online of gaps in-between the City fans in attendance.

This is despite expectations that the match would draw a crowd of 53.5k people.

These images clearly show sky-blue seats in abundance. The first was taken during the match, and the second with fans watching.

What do you think about City’s vacant seats situation? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.



Manchester City fans watch the action during the Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Manchester City vs Southampton was meant to be a sell out but it didn’t look that way



Fans troll Man City over empty seats vs Southampton - despite game being sold out

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Opinion supporters took to Twitter to taunt the reigning league champions. The City was not helped by a surprising draw with the Saints.

They have scored five or more goals in their four home competitive fixtures. This includes their midweek win of 6-3.

They were able to attack Leipzig with gusto, but could not break down the Southampton defense.



Man City manager Josep 'Pep' Guardiola during the UEFA Champions League group match between Manchester City and RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England on 15 September 2021
Pep Guardiola is embroiled in a war of words with the City fanbase about their support

It could have been worse for them, too, as VAR overturned a penalty to their opponents which also saw Kyle Walker have a red card rescinded.

They are now second in the table with this point after five games, but there is still a lot of competition.

On Tuesday, they will host Wycombe in a Carabao Cup match before facing a tricky trio against Liverpool, Chelsea and PSG away.

Fans troll Man City over empty seats vs Southampton - despite game being sold out
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