Manchester United have banned a fan for three years for attempting to sell a ticket online.
It is understood the supporter homed in on the away Europa League fixture with Fenerbahce and advertised a ticket stub on social media.
Manchester United fans cheer the team on during the UEFA Europa League match at Fenerbahce
United had previously warned that tickets offered for re-sale would constitute a three-year suspension.
It is a level four offence, with only abusive and aggressive behaviour towards those in a working capacity or any other criminal activity deemed worthy of harsher sanctions.
Next season a new ticket exchange scheme is set to come into force to eradicate red-tape problems. Providing the club are informed ticket-holders will be able to pass on tickets to other season ticket holders.
Apparently there has been an increase in offering spares at United games this year because of their Europa League campaign.
Fans usually pick up away tickets at a designated spot outside the venue, but it has not been possible for the Feyenoord or Fenerbahce clashes.
So United’s away day fans already had their tickets when flying over making selling them on easier.
United’s decision, meanwhile, drew heavy criticism when a club letter emerged on Twitter this week.
It read: “Following our away game against Fenerbahce, it has come to light that the ticket registered to you was advertised for sale on social media.
“The unauthorised or suspected resale of away match tickets is strictly prohibited as stated in the terms and conditions.
“As a result of this, your season ticket has been cancelled, without refund. You are now also banned from attending home and away matches for a minimum of three years.”
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