The curse of the prawn sandwich has struck again – and left Liverpool fans choking with anger.
Hundreds of Anfield season ticket holders turned up for the Champions League against Debreceni on Wednesday to find they had been moved to accommodate sponsors’ guests.
Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane was so incensed with corporate guests on one occasion, he dubbed them the “Prawn Sandwich Brigade”.
Keith Ross, from Caernarvon, a season ticket holder in the Lower Centenary Stand, said: “I was given a seat in the corner at the Anfield Road end and couldn’t see a thing. Lots of us were moved and we were all unhappy.
“There were a few angry scenes with the stewards.
“It’s the first time I’ve been moved and I had no idea I’d end up there.
“It was a restricted view and just not good enough.
“What made it worse was that there were a lot of empty seats in the corporate area.
“They were obviously more interested in the hospitality than the football.
“I’ve been a season ticket holder for nine years.
“I have two tickets that cost me £1,400-a-season.
“I go to every match home and away and follow the club all around the world.
“If this is what it’s going to be like from now on, I won’t be going to any more home games in the Champions League. In fact, I’m thinking of cancelling my season ticket for next season.”
Liverpool, in common with all Champions League clubs, have to provide seating and hospitality lounges for sponsors and their guests.
This season their demands have increased, forcing Liverpool to move 2,000 fans from their regular seats. (Daily Mirror)
As a Liverpool fan and season ticket holder I can only imagine how disgusted I would have been to have to be forced to move elsewhere, and perhaps even more bemusingly this was something that was revealed to supporters at such a late stage.
Surely if it turns out that a number of corporate types failed to even turn up for their freebie tickets then they should not be given them again. It shows a complete lack of respect on their behalf to not even bother to show up, hence the big empty spaces in some sections of the stadium.
I guess there is little Liverpool Football Club could have done about this but surely something can be done to prevent such a large allocation being given to the prawn sandwich brigade. I mean 2000 fans having to be moved from their usual seats, that is a huge amount!