Manchester City have asked TV channels that broadcast their games live if they could continue adding fake crowd noise. Despite playing their first home game with fans in attendance in 18 months, huge secions of empty seats could be seen at the Etihad on Saturday. This was also the home fans first opportunity to see their team play since being crowned Premier League Champions.
The club’s owner Sheikh Mansour admitted that the fake noise added by some channels when games were played behind closed doors due to the pandemic sounds way better than the actual noise inside the Etihad Stadium.
“My friends back home always make fun of me when we watch the matches on TV.” he told us. “One joked that I should change the club’s nickname to The Monks because he said the fans have obviously all taken a vow of silence. That really upset me. You would think having him executed would cheer me up but it didn’t.”
City are regularly mocked by fans of other clubs who like to refer to the Etihad as the Emptyhad. In fact the only time the stadium is ever full is on FIFA video games.