Nick: Prices are Pitched far too high

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FEVER PITCH au­thor Nick Hornby reck­ons foot­ball has be­come too posh and ex­pen­sive for nor­mal fans.

The book, about be­ing an Arse­nal fan, was made into a film star­ring Colin Firth and is cred­ited by many fans as the spark that cre­ated the lat­est soc­cer boom, 20 years ago.

But Nick ( above) says the cur­rent cost of tick­ets means young kids can only watch the game live a few times a year.

Now he thinks foot­ball has cre­ated a time­bomb for it­self be­cause there won’t be any fans in 20 years.

The 54-year-old said: “Cheap tick­ets meant I could feed my ad­dic­tion ev­ery week in the late 1970s, it was 15p.

“You can’t do that any­more, kids go to foot­ball as they would a theatre, a treat, just some­thing they would see three or four times a year.

“Whether in 20 years time these kids will still be keen to go to a match, or whether they will only want to go three or four times a year, it feels as if it’s go­ing to be a lot dif­fer­ent.”

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