FANS IN PROTEST AT AWAY TICKET PRICES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sheri­dan Robins

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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