FANS IN PROTEST AT AWAY TICKET PRICES
PROTESTS were held this weekend against high ticket prices for away fans.
The Football Supporters’ Federation co-ordinated the action in conjunction with their Twenty’s Plenty campaign.
Fans from both the Premier League and Football League took action by displaying banners before their matches and inside the stadiums, saying: “Fans back Twenty’s Plenty.”
The Federation is urging all clubs in England and Wales to cap tickets for away fans at £20 – something League One side Coventry City have already committed to.
Kevin Miles, chief executive of The FSF, said: “Away fans are a vital part of the football culture in England and Wales – this weekend supporters stand together against high prices.
“We have a great tradition of following our teams away from home, with quite possibly the highest number of travelling fans in the world. This should not be endangered by high ticket prices.
“It’s not just in the Premier League that we see high prices. Many Football League fixtures can be very expensive, too.
“Some carry a cost of £50plus for away fans, an extraordinary amount of money. We want to see more clubs follow the example set by Coventry, who have committed to charging no away fan more than £20.”
Since its launch in 2013, the campaign claims to have saved fans £738,000.
Meanwhile, the Football League says the average ticket prices paid by spectators is £14.
This is based on prices paid by season ticket holders, non-season ticket holders, hospitality packages and away fans, taking in to account both concessionary and adult prices.
Chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “These figures show that FL clubs continue to offer value for money. Any debate has to take account of what fans are paying across the board rather than purely focusing on selected prices.”
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