Football fans to protest ticket prices

Sunderland supporters at Old Trafford during their 3-0 loss at the hands of  Manchester United Picture by FRANK REID

Sunderland supporters at Old Trafford during their 3-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United Picture by FRANK REID

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Football fans across the country will campaign against the price of ticket prices this weekend.

The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) is co-ordinating protests across Premier League and Football League games to highlight it’s “Twenty’s Plenty” scheme - a call for all away tickets in England and Wales to be capped at £20.

The campaign, which has saved 68,000 fans a total of £738,000 since its launch in 2013, will see fans meet ahead of their team’s fixtures for joint protests, before displaying banners inside stadiums saying “Fans back Twenty’s Plenty”.

FSF chief executive Kevin Miles said: “Away fans are a vital part of the football culture in England and Wales, and this weekend supporters will 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.

“The timing is crucial as, in the coming weeks, top-flight clubs have a choice to make as they carve up the latest multi-billion pound media deal.

“Money has been pouring into the top of the game for the last two decades benefitting players, agents and owners – it’s time fans felt the benefit of this too through cheaper tickets.

“It’s not just in the Premier League that we see high prices, many Football League fixtures can be very expensive too. Some could carry a cost of £50-plus for away fans, an extraordinary amount of money.

“We want to see more clubs follow the example set by Coventry City, who have committed to charging no away fan more than £20.”