MK Dons’ chairman has defended the club’s decision to hand visitors Mansfield Town an increased ticket allocation for their crunch EFL League Two game this weekend.

Pete Winkelman has been criticised by some Dons fans for sending their opponents an extra 1,000 tickets to the 4,000 originally allocated.

The winner of the game between the two will be guaranteed promotion, and some Dons fans believe Mansfield’s increased allocation could help their opponents’ cause.

Winkelman suggested the decision was made to reduce the likelihood of visiting fans attempting to buy tickets for home areas.

“We’re a city that keeps our doors open, we don’t want to restrict that,” Winkelman said.

“The worst result would be to have Mansfield fans in the home end, with so much at stake. You don’t want that situation.

“But we want as many home fans to come to negate the away support. In Milton Keynes, we love an event, and this will be a one-off event.”

The club’s average attendance this season is 7,656, which is around a quarter of Stadium MK’s 30,500 capacity.

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