A father and his two young sons had to leave Villa Park on Saturday.
A father and his two sons were asked to leave Villa Park on Saturday after celebrating Manchester United’s goal against Aston Villa.
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The trio were sitting in the family area at the ground among the home fans and all leapt to their feet when Radamel Falcao equalised for the Red Devils.
“I’m ringing to vent my disgust at how we were treated at Villa Park today,” the dad was quoted by the Telegraph.
“We were only allowed to stay in the ground for 53 minutes because stewards decided to kick out a seven-year-old and nine-year-old boy.
“I bought tickets in the Family Stand for a Christmas treat for the boys. Their mum is a Villa fan, I’m a United fan and they’re inbetween the two.
“We didn’t celebrate the Villa goal but when Falcao equalised the two boys jumped up in the air, super excited that Falcao had scored. I gave them a big hug. At that exact moment one woman from one side and one from three rows back jumped out of their seats to screech: ‘Kick them out.’
“Within a second we were dropped on by two stewards who without any thought whatsoever, no negotiation, no warning and telling us to calm down, said: ‘You’ve got to leave the stadium, guys.’ We weren’t asked, we were told … and booted out of the ground. I apologised to the people around, it brought my boys to tears.
“I said surely you’re joking? Can’t we just apologise and promise not to jump up again … do we really have to go? The stewards said ‘you have to leave now or do you want us to get the police?’
“The stewards as they were walking us out said ‘it could have kicked off’. We were in the family stand. They’re seven and nine. It’s not going to kick off.”
The 1-1 draw with Villa brought to an end a six-game winning streak in the Premier League for United, although they remain in third heading towards the Boxing Day fixtures.
Things have improved in recent times after a shaky start to the season under manager Louis van Gaal and the fact Falcao was on the score-sheet will have pleased all involved at the club.
It is just the second time the Colombia international has found the net since completing a loan move from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day, with injuries blighting the striker’s career at Old Trafford to date.