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West Midlands Police make cheeky dig at Man City when giving advice to Aston Villa fans

West Midlands Police make a cheeky dig at Man City when giving advice to Aston Villa fans for their trip to the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

The force’s football unit Twitter account, @WMPVillaFC, which posted information and gives updates to fans attending Villa matches, mocked the attendance figures at Manchester City.

The tweet read: “Aston Villa fans travelling to the Emptihad on Sunday, there are no pubs around the ground happy to accept away fans.

“Away fans travelling via train will be welcome in Brunswick, Piccadilly Tavern and the Waldorf in the city centre. Advice for those travelling via coach and car, stop en route!”

Many will recall the time Man City were teased for their attendance during home matches, with ex-Liverpool defender and co-commentator Jim Belgin having to say sorry on social media for using a term for a Man City match.

Beglin had said: “You can hear the annoyance around the Emptihad’ during a game between City and Chelsea.”

He then wrote: “I have the greatest respect for Manchester City Football Club. In no way was my verbal error today intended to cause City fans any offence.”

Plenty of viewers watching the game couldn’t help but laugh, but of course, some couldn’t take banter and took to social media to complain.

Pep Guardiola recently called for more passion from supporters during home games.

When questioned what the club was missing, he said after City’s win over Tottenham: “Passion and fire and desire to win from minute one. It’s similar with our spectators, our fans.

“They are silent for 45 minutes. We played good. They booed because we were losing, not because we played badly. We played good. We had more chances, their expected goals was zero.

“They booed because we were losing but it’s the same like our team, maybe we are so comfortable winning four titles in five years. After we scored a goal they react, but that is not the point.

“I want my fans back. My fans in here. Not my away fans, my away fans are the best. My fans here to support every corner, every action because we cannot expect. Tottenham is one of the toughest opponents I’ve ever faced. So we could not expect to be 3-0 up after 30 minutes. We have to do it but everyone is relaxed. In the Premier League, no way.

“The fans, they come here and we have to give them. They expect ‘Oh, we’re Manchester City, we have to do it’. No, we don’t have it right now. The tendency of the human being when you’ve won a lot is ‘Ah, I should do this, I should do that’. No, you have to work. You have to put fire there – in every ball, in every action, in every situation.

“It’s not about being better. It’s ‘Come on, let’s go’. It’s normal to be in a situation behind another team. We have been in this position a few times – behind Liverpool – then let’s go. And now, we were lucky today. I didn’t expect to come back at half-time against Tottenham when they were 5-4-1 and aggressive. Bentancur, Hojbjerg fouls and every action go to the referee five, six players and defend each other. What do we expect?

“It’s football, sometimes you don’t know why we come back. If we want to do something we have to come back.

“Our fans have to push us, demand more, have to shout: ‘Come on guys, I know how good you are, show us again’. ‘Ah well we come, score a goal.’

“No. It cannot be 0-2 down to react. Today we were lucky. Nine times out of 10 you don’t come back. We are able to do it, we came back at Aston Villa and many times, but we are not able to do it every time.”

Asked if the fire has gone out after four titles in five years, Guardiola said: “Definitely. Otherwise we don’t concede the goals that we concede in every single game.

“We are far away from the team we had in previous seasons. Do you think this comeback will happen every time? It won’t.

“How do I get the fire back? It’s my duty, my job. I want my fans back. Not my away fans because my away fans are the best, but my fans here for every corner and every action and support it because we cannot expect anything.”

Man City apparently have an average attendance during 11 home matches this season of 53,185. The capacity of Etihad Stadium stands at 55,017.

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Here’s how Twitter users reacted as West Midlands Police make a cheeky dig at Man City when giving advice to Aston Villa fans…

@danrsvilla: Even WM police know the actual name of their place

@GavPot79: Emptihad 😂

@Bill4112: No wonder no one respects the police any more, absolutely unprofessional.

@s6lty1: Get the 12yr old off your twitter! 🤡 41500 and 52700, slight difference in average attendance.

@colmcfcwray: Nothing like the country bumpkin police to set an example!!! 🤔

@Scriv007: Maybe the police should concentrate on weeding out all the rapists in the ranks rather than trying to crack funnies?

@PhilkLocke: Even the old bill know 😅😅

@Lewis_1417: AVFC Police throwing shade! I love it 🤣

@IanWinyates: Makes me laugh why people call man city’s ground the Emptihad they have the 6th highest average home attendance in the league #AVFC

@FoxysSports: Amazing how many plastic glory supporters you pick up when you’re playing on Cheat Mode 🤷🏻‍♂️

@mikesenior_0: Hmmm who has a higher attendance

@RattyAVFC: They suggests full house but when u actually go there’s loads of empty seats. The owners probably buy the seats to cheat financial fair play as ‘match day’ revenue (they are cheats after all)

@El_Dibu1: Yo the police got bants 🤣

@DMayLovell: The irony being we (villa) had to close an entire tier of a stand a few years back

@eichel_robert: Unacceptable unprofessional and childish tweet. Also inaccurate. Grow up.

@njmcfc1894: Haha state of the police in 2023 having a dig at anyone

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