Albion fans have been warned of the risk of issuing tickets to away fans after Aston Villa fans were spotted at home during their last Premier League game.
People reported seeing Villa fans in the eastern lower part of the Amex near the traveling fans during Brighton’s 2-1 defeat on Sunday.
Chants such as “stand up if you love Villa” and “let’s sit where we want” were also directed from away fans to Villa fans at the home team.
A visiting fan spotted in the home team was kicked out of the stadium.
The home fan who owned the ticket could face a ban as it was used by someone who was not the named ticket holder.
Albion would like to remind people that while this is not a crime, it is against the club’s pitch rules and will result in ejection from the stadium and possible further action.
A club spokesman said: “Our policy is clear, we do not allow away fans in home access areas and we take this opportunity to remind all fans that this is against our stadium rules.
“Unfortunately in this case a home fan and a member of My Albion+ passed a ticket on to a guest fan and this will now likely result in a ban for both individuals.”
An Aston Villa fan filmed himself at the stadium and posted it on Twitter in response to a tweet on the subject.
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Ticket sellers or people giving away their tickets to away fans face bans if caught.
Two reports of suspected away fans in the home areas of the stadium were received on Sunday.
One of them turned out to be a Brighton supporter who was thrown from the north stand for alleged homophobic abuse against an Albion player. It is understood he was arrested.
One Albion fan said he could “see loads of Villa fans stand up and wave, to the delight of all Villa fans away”.
Another fan added that it “has to stop before anything bad happens”.
Another added that it would “seem easy to kick them out when they see them, but they don’t even do that”.
One Villa fan said that away supporters who are in the home team happen on every floor.
Albion said as is normal for all clubs, they allow fans to purchase hospitality or be guests of home fans in hospitality areas, but expect fans to comply with ground regulations in those areas.
Fans have also claimed to have seen Tottenham fans at home when Albion lost to them in October.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23127053.brighton-warning-away-fans-home-end-amex-stadium/?ref=rss Brighton warn of away fans at home end at Amex Stadium