The criticism of Manchester City fans by Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand was a "disgrace", a prominent supporter of the club has said.
During and after Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Roma in the Champions League, it was noted that there were empty seats and a lack of atmosphere within the Etihad Stadium.
Among those pointing it out were former Manchester United duo Ferdinand and Scholes.
The former took to Twitter during the match, suggesting Manchester City fans would rather watch Gordon Ramsey's new TV show.
How many empty seats are there at the city vs Roma game by the way....big CL game & fans would rather Ramsays Kitchen or something at home— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 30, 2014
Scholes then said on ITV that there was not the "special feeling" of a European night being created. It is a point Scholes has raised in his column for The Independent, in which he said: "It feels to me that some of the City supporters are still getting used to the level of footballers they are watching and the quality of the opposition coming to their ground."
However, Manchester City fans have hit back, pointing towards the high ticket prices for Champions League games.
Andy Savage, who runs the website MCFCForum.com, said: "I took Rio Ferdinand to task on Twitter. He was taking the mickey out of the empty seats at the Etihad last night.
"He is living in his own bubble there. Some people are living hand to mouth and don't know where the next penny is coming from, and he's criticising them for not filling the stadium when the tickets are £35-plus.
"He was an absolute disgrace on Twitter, as was Scholes on ITV. They are multi-millionaires. They don't give the man on the street a second thought, how much it is costing people.
"The cost of living is going up, so many people are out of work. Football is not everyone's priority, like it used to be. People just can't afford, over the course of the month, to pay for tickets three, four or five times.
"I took Ferdinand to task, and not because he is an ex-United player. He's got an autobiography coming out. I'm sure he's not giving that away. I'm sure he's not joined QPR for the love it. He'll be getting a substantial salary.
"Perhaps it will hit home next year if QPR have to put their prices up and they won't be able to fill their stadium. It really wound me up last night."
Manchester City 1 Roma 1 player ratings
Manchester City 1 Roma 1 player ratings
1/9 Joe Hart
A slight slip may have cost him when Totti scored, but was solid throughout, making a couple of good saves in the second-half. 6
2/9 Pablo Zabaleta
Arguably the best right-back in world football, but might have spotted Totti’s run for the goal a fraction earlier. Involved in an entertaining back and forth battle with Gervinho. 6
3/9 Vincent Kompany
Completely lost Totti for the goal, getting caught in no man’s land between Nainggolan and the striker. 5
4/9 Jesus Navas
A defensive liability well marshalled by Ashley Cole in the first-half; substituted by Pellegrini at half-time for James Milner. 4
5/9 Yaya Toure
Outperformed by the men in black, and Keita in particular, Toure again struggled to impose himself in football’s biggest competition. 5
One of City’s better performers, the Brazilian worked tirelessly to battle an impressive Roman midfield. 7
7/9 David Silva
Did his best to pull the strings for City but failed to deliver the decisive pass – should have scored in the dying minutes but turned his shot wide. 6
8/9 Sergio Aguero
A bundle of energy up front, Aguero was let down by a lack of service, though he slotted his penalty away confidently. 6
9/9 Edin Dzeko
Failed to hold the ball up when it was fed to him, Dzeko barely had a kick all night before being replaced early in the second-half by Frank Lampard. 4
David Mooney, who is a producer and host of the popular Blue Moon fans podcast, accepted that the atmosphere was underwhelming but felt Scholes' criticism was unfair.
Mooney, 26, of Manchester, said: "I think it was very flat and I can see what they are getting at.
"But this debate is coming from the wrong side of the fence. We have got multi-millionaires talking about empty seats in stands when ticket prices are £40 and £50.
"You can understand people who have paid for their season ticket saying this is one of the games they are going to miss to make it affordable for the year.
"It strikes me as a crass thing for people who have got plenty of millions in the bank to be able to do whatever they like to be dictating to other people what they should be doing."
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