Fury as fans kept out of Tannadice

Keith Lasley (pictured with Steve Jennings) scored against Dundee United then backed the fans via Twitter
Keith Lasley (pictured with Steve Jennings) scored against Dundee United then backed the fans via Twitter

A GROUP of more than 50 Motherwell fans were prevented from seeing their side’s 3-1 win over Dundee United on Saturday after being banned from entering Tannadice.

The fans, who normally sit in the East Stand at Fir Park, claim ‘over-zealous’ stewards denied them access to the Jim McLean Fairplay Stand following an argument over flags.

They have now written to Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson to seek an explanation.

The letter reads: “On arrival at the turnstiles we were refused entry to the ground, being informed that no flags would be allowed into the stadium despite this being cleared by our safety and facilities manager at the pre-op meeting on Friday.

“After much discussion, the woman at the turnstile decided due to our ‘attitude’ not only would the flags not be allowed entry but nobody from the group would be allowed entry either.

“We were continually spoken to in an offensive and aggressive manner, even when one individual suggested we put the flags back on the bus and enter without them.

“Our supporters’ bus was a 57-seater and worked out around £7 per person which is roughly £400 spent for a wasted journey to Dundee.”

’Well midfielder Keith Lasley, who opened the scoring on Saturday, offered his support to the fans via his Twitter account.

He wrote: “Disappointed to hear some fans didn’t get in to see the game yesterday. Surely a better atmosphere adds to the product as a whole?”

Dundee United claim that while they adhered to ground regulations the flags were not the main reason the fans were denied entry.

Operations manager Ian Low said: “When the supporters left the coach at the ground they were spoken to by stewarding staff and police officers and those unfit to enter the ground due to being intoxicated or unruly were not allowed into the stadium.”

Full story in October 6 edition of Times & Speaker