Fans: Cut showpiece ticket prices
Sunday 19 June 2011
The head of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) last night urged the Uefa president Michel Platini to "deliver on his promise" to make the Champions' League final affordable to grass-roots fans when it returns to Wembley in two years' time.
Although last month's Manchester United-Barcelona showdown was regarded as the best-organised final to date, the cheapest tickets on general sale were priced at £150 plus a £26 administration fee. Two years previously when the same teams played in Rome, the most expensive ticket was around £125.
Platini has already apologised for the Wembley pricing but did not mention this when announcing last week that the final would be returning to the national stadium to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association, fuelling suggestions that Uefa were simply cashing in on the most financially successful final to date.
"Apologising is rare for someone running European football but we will expect Michel Platini to deliver on both his promise to lower prices in 2013 and his apology," the FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke told the Independent on Sunday. "We are talking very substantially less than this year's final."
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
life + styleClarissa Baldwin is the brains behind the slogan 'A Dog is for Life not just for Christmas'
Latest in Sport
Liverpool 5 Norwich City 1 match report: Luis Suarez tears Norwich apart once again with four goals and an assist
Cricket Australia apologises for ‘racist’ Monty Panesar Teletubbies tweet
Manchester United must win 'an awful lot of games' if they are to retain the Premier League title, admits David Moyes after Everton defeat
Five things we learned from the midweek Premier League fixtures: Nicklas Bendtner could help Arsenal push for the title; David Moyes mocked by Everton fans; Luis Suarez among the best
Manchester United 0 Everton 1 match report: Roberto Martinez pulls off elusive victory that eluded David Moyes
- 1 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 2 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 3 Scientists sequence oldest human DNA from fossilised leg bone found in Spain
- 4 ‘Put it in my mouth’: Viewers outraged by apparent reference to oral sex in VIP e-cig advert
- 5 Joanna Lumley’s garden bridge over the Thames gets £30m seal of approval from Government