By Emma Sanders
Arsenal have been urged to ban season-ticket holders if they don’t attend more matches at the Emirates.
The Telegraph claim the club’s leading supporters’ group want Gunners chiefs to take drastic action when the issue is raised during the club AGM on Monday.
It has become apparent a large number of fans are not attending games and the Arsenal Supporters Trust hopes the draconian punishment would put off rich fans not interested in regularly watching the team.
The board will be asked to consider these drastic measures in an attempt to stop buyers who claim season-tickets in order to watch big matches but who are not bothered about attending smaller fixtures.
“If someone is only using the ticket a few times a year then they should be warned and after that, they should lose their priority for the next season,” Arsenal Supporters Trust spokesman Tim Payton told the Telegraph.
“If Arsenal are concerned only with making money then the board won’t be bothered how many ticket holders actually attend.
“If they’re interested in the atmosphere within the ground and in encouraging the next generation of young fans to become regulars then this issue should be a major concern.”
According to the report, “thousands” of tickets are not being used as the Emirates continues to struggle to fill it’s 60,000 stadium capacity.
The club stated 59,444 fans watched the Gunners’ 6-1 victory against Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday evening but it is claimed those statistics do not match the number of supporters in the ground.
Arsenal have a huge waiting list for season tickets and although it’s believed around 10% of fans commonly do not attend home games regularly in the Premier League, it is of growing concern for the London club.
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