Premier League caps away tickets at £30 for next three seasons

Good news for away fans as ticket prices capped at 30 for next three seasons
Good news for away fans as ticket prices capped at 30 for next three seasons
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Supporters of Premier League clubs will pay no more than £30 for an away ticket under new plans announced by the Premier League.

The price cap will be in place for the next three seasons and will come as a big boost to supporters from Sunderland and Newcastle United - provided both clubs stay in the top flight.

Following a meeting of the 20 member clubs in February, it was decided more needed to be done to help travelling supporters, who face increased costs to attend matches across the country, but also help make a unique atmosphere.

The new measures will replace the Away Supporters' Initiative, which was introduced in 2013 and saw clubs individually implement a range of measures, including travel subsidies, reciprocal pricing and reduced admissions as well as improved facilities.

The £30 cap will run from the start of the 2016-17 campaign through to 2018-19, a period which will see the Premier League clubs receive record revenue (£5.14 billion) from broadcasting deals.

A Premier League statement said: "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.

"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."

At their last meeting in early February, clubs unanimously agreed that more should be done to help away fans and, after consideration of a range of options, have now decided to introduce the new £30 maximum price for away tickets.