Supporters group demand £20 cap on Premier League away tickets
Debate sparked following Manchester City fans' refusal to pay Arsenal prices
The country’s largest supporters group has launched a campaign demanding a £20 limit on the price of away tickets amid growing frustration with the prices charged visiting fans in the Premier League.
The Football Supporters Federation will hold the first of a series of open meetings for fans across the country in Manchester on Thursday as it seeks to gather support for its attempt to cap the burgeoning cost of attending away games.
The FSF are determined to keep the issue alive following rumblings of discontent last week over the £62 prices Manchester City fans were charged for their side’s Premier League match at Arsenal. Some 900 tickets were returned by City.
The issue will be discussed at the Premier League’s next shareholders meeting next month, with free coach travel and a pricing link to the cheapest home tickets suggested by Stoke City. High ticket prices for some visiting supporters combined with travel and other costs are putting supporters off following their team away from home according to the FSF’s last annual survey – 40 per cent said they were attending fewer away matches across the leagues in England – although attendance levels at Premier League grounds remain consistently above 90 per cent capacity.
The FSF, an umbrella organisation for supporters groups in England and Wales that has 200,000 members, wants to make this a “watershed moment.” The federation believes a £20 limit needs to agreed. The meetings, including one in London on 31 January, will help sustain the campaign and also explore other options to press the issue.
“Those who follow their team away are the distilled essence of the football fan – the hardcore,” said Martin O’Hara of the FSF. “Without away fans the atmosphere at games dies and football loses a large part of what makes it so special. Travelling supporters spend the most time and money on their team and that deserves recognition and reward. In the short term clubs might make a few extra quid by squeezing away fans dry but long-term vision is required.
“Away attendances are in decline and something must be done by the clubs before that becomes terminal. Who wants to go to games without away fans, games without passion? We believe that an away ticket price cap of £20 would make football more affordable and halt the decline in away fan attendances. The campaign aims to make this a reality.”
Ticket pricing is a matter for individual clubs and any Premier League-wide agreement would need the backing of 14 of the clubs. The cheapest average price for an away ticket in the Premier League is currently Wigan’s £24. Arsenal’s is around £40 with Chelsea the most expensive at £50.
Latest in Sport
New day (slowly) rising – As Brasileirão gets underway, Brazilian football stumbles, rather than leaps into the future
The average Serie A crowd last year was 13,000 - comparable to Australia’s A-League.
by James Young
24 May 2013 04:31 PM
Monaco is a street circuit where driver ability is more important than anywhere else and if we take ...
by Gareth Purnell
24 May 2013 02:00 AM
Three weeks ago as I drove off the Eurostar, I remember thinking what a very long time it was until ...
by Martin Ayres
23 May 2013 05:29 PM
Christian Benteke tells Aston Villa not to stand in his way if a 'club like Arsenal' come calling
After racist remark, Sergio Garcia fights for reputation as Tiger Woods slams 'hurtful' fried chicken joke
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: 50 things you need to know about the Champions League final
Manuel Pellegrini must deliver five trophies in five years at Manchester City says chief executive Ferran Soriano
Major refinancing sees Manchester United slash interest bill by £10m a year
- 1 Liam Gallagher slams Daft Punk: 'I could have written Get Lucky in an hour'
- 2 What, let gays get married? We must be bonkers
- 3 'Something passed underneath us, quite close': Airbus A320 has close encounter with UFO
- 4 Lord of the Sings: Sir Christopher Lee, 91, to release heavy metal album
- 5 Two bailed after arrest over Woolwich attack Twitter comments
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.