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Fan group snaps back at Crystal Palace for 'painting own fans in bad light'

Crystal Palace fan group, Holmesdale Fanatics, have accused the club of trying "to paint their own fans in a bad light" in their latest statement about a dispute over Selhurst Park seating.

The Fanatics have been a crucial part of the rousing atmosphere in south London in recent years and wanted to move from Block B to Block E, which is behind the goals, to create a new singing section at the ground.

With the club failing to do, the group have stayed away from the Eagles' two home matches - both losses against Liverpool and Southampton.

Palace released a club statement on Monday stating that the Fanatics wanted to create space behind the goals by moving fans who already had season tickets in Block E.

But the Fanatics have refuted the club's claim and have criticised them for trying to divide fans.

"The group was intending to stay quiet about the issues for the good of the football club and are therefore disappointed that the board have decided to conduct what should have been a private internal issue with public statements essentially painting their own fans in a bad light," it said.

"The Holmesdale Fanatics feel aspects of the statement are misleading and not representative of the last 12 months' discussions."

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