Sunderland fans anger over £50 match tickets for Chelsea game

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (right) and Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson in action during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea's Eden Hazard (right) and Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson in action during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge
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Supporters have slammed Chelsea FC after they announced away end tickets for Sunderland’s trip to Stamford Bridge – just a week before Christmas Day – are being priced at £50.

The London club say adult tickets for the Saturday, December 19 clash are £50 and £47 for adults, £23.50 for over-65s and under-20s.

Martyn McFadden from A Love Supreme

Martyn McFadden from A Love Supreme

Fans have hit out at the announcement.

A Love Supreme fanzine chief Martyn McFadden said something needs to be done about the pricing plans by certain clubs.

“It’s ugly and a disgrace,” said Martyn.

“I’m pretty sure Chelsea have been charging £50 for a few years now and something needs to be done.

I’m pretty sure Chelsea have been charging £50 for a few years now and something needs to be done.

Martyn McFadden

“I know our club have got grants to help subsidise away fans’ trips and they have chosen the Crystal Palace game over the Chelsea game.

“But it says a lot about the state of the game when a Russian billionare is making it really hard to for me and my mates to go and see our team.

“The big clubs who can sell-out their grounds don’t care about away fans anyway, they charge what they want.”

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) said the charge is “too much”.

A spokesman said: “Away fans are some of the most important in the stadium – they drive the atmosphere and their loyalty shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“But, all too often clubs try and exploit that loyalty by charging unacceptable prices – £50 plus all the associated travel costs over Christmas is just too much.

“The FSF’s Twenty’s Plenty campaign has saved 75,000 top-flight fans £750,000 and we continue to campaign for cheaper prices – we’d love to hear from Sunderland fans who want to get involved.”