So, Mr Scudamore, how do you feel about Premier League fans being priced out of the market?

A march on Premier League headquarters over ticket prices took place yesterday

Matthew Bazzell of the Arsenal Black Scarf Movement was one of five fans representatives who were yesterday granted a meeting Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore. Here, he reveals how it went...

As you would expect, Richard Scudamore is impressive in a Tony Blair sort of way. He looks you in the eye when you speak to him and is tactful and considered in his responses.

I asked how he personally felt about the fact that so many fans had been priced out of football. In other words - did it bother or in any way or upset him that the ‘gentrification’ of football comes with a price. He looked a bit put off by the question and stopped looking me in the eye. The jist of his reply was – no – not as long as stadiums were full.

We are realists and doubt if yesterday will achieve very much. Here are my conclusions:

  •  Home ticket pricing is unlikely to change because currently most clubs are well attended.
  • Away ticket pricing however is becoming a worrying issue for the Premier League.

Scudamore is slightly concerned that away attendances are down by around 9 per cent because he wants to sell a TV package to the world which boasts full stadiums.

The five reps who met him were fans of clubs who get charged grade A prices for virtually all away games. The point was made that following a rich club does not mean you are rich yourself. Why should we pay grade A prices to watch teams who are categorised as grade C when they come to our home grounds?

Scudamore told us that the clubs we support represent the top end of ticket pricing and implied that generally things were good elsewhere. I challenged him on this because most fans I talk to would dispute this. Before we entered the Premier League offices we were confronted by a fan from Brighton, a Championship club, who told us that he had enough of the cost and was on the brink of giving the game up. Dissatisfaction over ticket prices goes way beyond the Premier League and on our march yesterday there were more fans from Leicester City than Chelsea or West Ham.

The Manchester United rep brought up the impact high ticket pricing has on atmosphere. Vocal fans are priced out while those who pay resent what they have had to fork out - so instead of singing, they fold their arms and expect to get value for money. Whatever Scudamore says, the typical English football ground now lacks noise, passion and energy.

Scudamore tried to be positive and brought up the fact that most clubs have frozen their prices for this coming season. But this simply does not wash because it is a freeze on something which is already obscenely overpriced. Even if clubs reduce prices by £20 many people could still not afford them. Some supermarkets put their prices up, only to put them down a week later and boast of a saving. Overall, Scudamore’s main message was that he had no say on the issue and for us to go and talk to our clubs.

You can follow Matthew Bazzell on Twitter @MatthewBazzell

Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal
peopleThreats follows actress' speech on feminism and equality at the UN
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
Life and Style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
John Terry, Frank Lampard
footballChelsea captain sends signed shirt to fan whose mum had died
Arts and Entertainment
Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice 2015
Life and Style
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits