UEFA are considering the introduction of a cap on the price of away tickets in the Champions League next season.
The issue is one that is troubling fans of all clubs, including our own. The Daily Mail have reported that a host of top clubs are dismayed at the exorbitant cost of away tickets for their travelling fans.
A working party comprised of clubs such as Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain – together with representatives from the European Club Association and UEFA – have been meeting to investigate Champions League ticket pricing.
Since being set up last year, the group have been compiling reports, which they are scheduled to deliver to UEFA’s Club Competition Committee before UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting in Azerbaijan – where a cap solution could be drafted.
After lengthy discussions between our club, UEFA, and Porto the price of away tickets for our quarter-final meeting have been set by Porto at £52 (€60). This is €15 less than the previous season’s last-16 match with the Portuguese club.
An away ticket price cap could be introduced in the Champions League next season. Bayern Munich reps are said to be part of the working group “exploring” the matter. (Daily Mail)
Bayern’s hardocre fans have been protesting against overpriced away tickets in the last few years. pic.twitter.com/Hh6rgdnDGv
— Felix Tamsut (@ftamsut) March 22, 2019
Recently, Manchester United retaliated against Barcelona’s choice to charge away supporters a whopping £102 for their Champions League quarter-final match by charging a corresponding price for Barca fans and using some of the revenue to subsidise their own fans’ tickets.
Equally, it seems Tottenham will be charging Manchester City fans a premium for their Champions League encounter in April – double the £30 Premier League away ticket cap, in fact.
UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, admitted: “We know about the problem. It would be good to do something to cap prices.”
These are worrying times for football fans as ticket prices keep soaring, but it’s heartening to know that our club is one of the key proponents of an away ticket price cap.
The official club message is that: “The dialogue regarding a price cap on tickets for away fans will also continue. Until such a cap is agreed, LFC will continue to work with the opposition and UEFA to discuss the most reasonable ways of reducing costs for travelling supporters.”
The fans are everything – obviously the club understand that, as they always have. Good luck out in Portugal if you’re going out there, Reds!