The Premier League has announced that they have agreed to limit tickets for away fans to a maximum of £30 for the next three seasons.
All 20 top-flight clubs unanimously agreed to the cap, which will come into place at the start of next campaign, at a meeting in February.
The exact pricing of away tickets will still be down to the individual clubs, but they cannot charge more than £30 for any given ticket – a very sensible measure considering the other expenses of an away day such as travel.
These concerns are addressed in a statement on the league’s official website, which highlighted the important of away fans to the Premier League experience.
The statement read: “Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed that for the next three seasons away fans will be able to attend Premier League matches and pay no more than £30 for each of their tickets.
“Clubs know that away fans have a unique status. They are essential for match atmosphere and stimulate the response from home fans that distinguishes Barclays Premier League matches from those of other leagues. This unique status has long been understood by clubs, who currently provide away fans with a range of measures designed to assist them, including the Away Supporters’ Initiative (ASI), introduced in 2013.
“Away fans have additional travel costs and pay individual match prices, as season ticket and other discounts are not available to them and the responsibility for them is shared between clubs and therefore it is right that there is a collective initiative to help them.”
The cost of watching football has been a hot topic this season, with Premier League clubs to pocket record-breaking money from next season’s TV deal, and no more so than at Anfield where Liverpool supporters fought back last month.
Thousands of fans emptied the stadium upon the 77th-minute of our 2-2 draw with Sunderland, in protest of the £77 top-priced ticket in the new main stand next term.
Fenway Sports Group backed down from the proposals and apologised to fans, agreeing to freeze general admission prices at 2015-16 levels for the next two seasons.
It would be fair to assume that the strong stance from Reds supporters has triggered this Premier League-wide action, so we should be pretty proud of ourselves!
October’s Price of Football study by BBC Sport found that nine Premier League clubs previously charged more than £30 for their cheapest away ticket.
It is about time that something was done to control ticket pricing, and this news is greeted very warmly by all at Empire of the Kop. The game is nothing without the fans.
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