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Norwich fan questions why Aston Villa-supporting Royals weren't ejected from ground

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

An aggrieved Norwich City supporter has questioned why six-year-old Prince George was not ejected from Carrow Road during Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Villa.

George (left) celebrates with Prince William.

The prince was pictured on TV celebrating as Villa thrashed the Canaries, alongside his parents Prince William and Kate Middleton.

But one Norwich fan has taken umbrage and in an anonymous letter to the Eastern Daily Press, questioned why the Royals were allowed to cheer on the visitors while sat in an area for home supporters.

They wrote: "Whilst I do not have a problem welcoming the future heir to our throne and his family to Carrow Road, I found it strange that he was allowed to sit with his family in an area of the Jarrold stand which is clearly singled outside as a section for 'Home Fans Only' adding on the sign 'You will be ejected from the ground if you do not comply with this regulation'.

“The Royal Prince was very lucky that my seat was approximately 30 rows below his and not nearer, because with Prince George apparently jumping for joy at every Villa goal, I would have found it extremely difficult not to approach a club steward and politely ask ‘would it be possible to have these away supporters very quietly removed?’”

“Who knows perhaps having four more loyal, and not Royal, fans in the City stand, might have had an effect on the result?”

William, a Villa supporter since childhood, was in attendance at Wembley as Dean Smith’s team won promotion to the Premier League in May.

After Saturday’s match, Smith joked he would be buying the prince and his family tickets to every game.

“It's great to have supporters like that,” he said. “It gives everyone a boost.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
@mjmarr_star

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.

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