Leeds United explain Arsenal’s reason for cutting Carabao Cup away day ticket allocation

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Leeds United have seen their away allocation cut by Arsenal for their upcoming Carabao Cup fixture due to ‘persisting standing’.

The Whites travel to the Emirates Stadium on October 26 after beating Fulham on penalties in round three of the competition.

Leeds have faced Arsenal in each of the last two seasons, first away in the FA Cup in January 2020 whilst still in the Championship.

However, despite visiting in the Premier League, Arsenal have decided to cut Leeds’ allocation for the fixture on the grounds of health and safety.

“We have been allocated 5,200 tickets in the visitor’s section in the Clock End Lower Tier,” a Leeds club statement read.

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“This is the maximum allocation available. Arsenal Football Club’s Safety Team have advised that due to persistent standing during our last match played in the FA Cup Third Round in January 2020, we will only be allocated the Lower Tier for our forthcoming fixture.”

Carabao Cup rules state that clubs must offer at least 10% of the capacity to the away club, whilst the FA Cup ruling stands at 15%.

Leeds took an away crowd of 8,000 on their last trip to the Emirates, though the allocation for Premier League matches is smaller.

The Whites next trip to the stadium doesn’t come until the end of May, with Arsenal due at Elland Road in December.

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