Fans troll Man City over empty seats v Southampton – despite game being sold out

Manchester City have once again been trolled over empty seats at the Etihad, even though their game against Southampton was meant to be a sell out.

City boss Pep Guardiola pleaded for more fans to attend the Premier League fixture after their Champions League victory over RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

His comments irked some of the club's fanbase and Kevin Parker, the general secretary of City’s official supporters’ club, told him to stick to football.

Guardiola then threatened to "step aside" in his pre-match press conference and refused to apologise for what he said as the war of words raged on.

The Spanish manager may well have seen his fears realised as images have been shared online of gaps in-between the City fans in attendance.

That's despite the expectation ahead of kick-off that there would be a near capacity 53.5k crowd for the match.

Sky blue seats aplenty can be seen in the images, with one of them clearly taken during the match and the other seemingly snapped with fans watching the action too.

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Opposition supporters took to Twitter to troll the reigning league champions and the City cause wasn't helped as they played out a surprise stalemate with the Saints.

In their previous four competitive home fixtures they had scored five or more goals in every game, including their midweek 6-3 triumph.

Their attack was full of gusto against German side Leipzig but they failed to breakdown a stubborn Southampton defence.

It could have been worse for them, too, as VAR overturned a penalty to their opponents which also saw Kyle Walker have a red card rescinded.

The point leaves them in second in the table after five games played for the time being, although a number of teams can still leapfrog them this weekend.

They have another home fixture on Tuesday as they host Wycombe in the Carabao Cup before a tricky trio of away fixtures against Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool.

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