Manchester City forced to pay ‘Bedroom Tax’ on all empty seats
Manchester City have been told by Manchester City Council that after a random inspection of their Etihad Stadium home they are liable to pay millions of pounds back to the exchequer in spare room subsidy due to the number of empty seats present at each game.
Manchester City have a 100 year lease on the Etihad Stadium, which is owned by the council.
A council spokesperson said, “It is clear that the Etihad Stadium can hold at least 20,000 more people than actually turn up for games. This is plainly not fair on clubs who privately rent or own their own stadium. Those clubs don’t get a government sponsorship to have a bigger stadium than they need.”
“Therefore we will be charging them 25% of their match day revenue every time they have more than one empty seat, and 14% whenever there is one empty seat.”
“We would ideally have leased the stadium to a bigger club with more fans at the time but Manchester United already owned their own stadium.”