What checks are there on away fans buying tickets in the home ends?the reason for the timing may be to do with Wednesday's allocation which went on sale yesterday. If our arrangements are complex there seem to be 20 different categories for Wednesday away fans (based on'Ticketing Priority Points').
If Wednesday sell out in the next couple of days then some of their fans might just be tempted to buy in the home sections...
There's a limit to the checking that can be done at point of sale.We had three Ipswich fans next to us on Saturday so minimal checks I would think or they found a workaround
I agree Spoonz. A pretty much impossible job and my post was not meant to be in any way critical.There's a limit to the checking that can be done at point of sale.
Online sales or phone sales
We can look for brand new accounts or away team postcode areas with group sales but even then there will be, for this match for example, legitimate City fans who live in Sheffield or nearby.
Over the counter sales
Away fans can be living here (students, exiles etc)
Sometimes City fans buy for 'away' fans (visiting family or friends) without us knowing.
Hard to check everyone who buys at the booth due to time pressures but stewards are there for anything out of order to be reported to.
I expect a fair few City fans over the years have bought tickets in the 'wrong' end for our away games.
Often it's not a problem and the 'away' fan to all intents and purposes will watch as a 'neutral'.
The standing rule is that if it becomes a known issue during a match the away fan should expect to be asked to leave the home area.
The vast majority of tickets are tied to a purchase account so retrospective tracking can be done if any follow up measures are needed.
By choice, most fans would want to be with their own.
As Alistair has said, a pretty much impossible job for the reasons Spoonz mentions (I was going to do a spoof about an 'accent algorithm checker' for phone sales!)The standing rule is that if it becomes a known issue during a match the away fan should expect to be asked to leave the home area.