Manchester United have deleted a tweet which appeared to make light of the lack of supporters in stadiums ahead of their game against Newcastle.
Fans have not been allowed to attend matches since March amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, while there has also been controversy recently over plans to make a number of Premier League games pay-per-view.
United travel to St James’ Park on Saturday evening, a stadium which is notorious for seating away supporters high up in the gods.
And United’s official account tweeted on Saturday morning: “At least there’s no climbing up 14 flights of stairs to get to the away end at St James’ Park for this one… where are you watching #NEWMUN from?” along with a laughing face emoji.
The post was widely panned by supporters, however, and Neville joined in the pile-on when he shared it and posted: “How bad is this tweet?”
It was later deleted by United, but not before a number of supporters had also expressed their disgust.
“I’m sure many people would rather be climbing those stairs than paying £15 to sit on their couches to watch it,” said one, while another added: “The most out of touch football club in the country.”
And another said: “We used to be a football club, now we are just a brand.”
It remains to be seen when fans will eventually be allowed back into football grounds, but it is a hugely contentious issue given that pubs and restaurants largely remain open throughout most of the country.
United, meanwhile, are in desperate need of a win against Newcastle as they look to bounce back from their humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham two weeks ago.
Alex Telles could make his debut for the club after signing on deadline day, but Edinson Cavani will not be available as he continues quarantining following his arrival in England.
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