Man Utd in tit-for-tat ticket-price war with Sevilla

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2018

Sevilla is set to report Manchester United to European football governing body UEFA for not offering their fans enough tickets for the UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg match at Old Trafford.

"We will use this increase to subsidise our fans, as we want this to act as a deterrent to future opponents who look to increase ticket prices for our travelling supporters".

"We have chose to increase the ticket prices for Sevilla fans for the game at Old Trafford, and use this increase to subsidise our fans, as we want this to act as a deterrent to future opponents who look to increase ticket prices for our travelling fans", read a United email sent to fans.

That was more than the £54 Liverpool supporters were charged earlier in the competition - and United today responded by announcing they would subsidise their fans by £35 each for their seats.

Tickets for the first leg in Spain for United fans cost the equivalent of £89 with the fans rightly fuming, especially with Liverpool fans being charged £35 less for their visit last November.

That move came after United and Sevilla failed to reach a compromise regarding the Spanish club's decision to charge away supporters £89 to attend the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21.

Sevilla claim that United have not followed UEFA's ticket guidelines in allocating 5% of the tickets to their supporters and had been given just under 3,000 tickets when they should have had 3,800.

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"We have been working with the club since we became aware of the ridiculous £89 Sevilla (away) ticket price", they said in a statement on Twitter.

The visitors to the Theatre of Dreams will be charged the same price as Manchester United fans are being asked.

Ultimately Sevilla have not agreed to significantly lower the price to what we view as a reasonable level.

Manchester United said they would donate any additional revenue gained to the club's charity foundation.

A club source told Reuters: "Right now everything is hypothetical as United have not informed the club officially of the price rise".

In a letter to fans, Manchester United say they hope their actions will stop other clubs trying to rip off travelling supporters. "We are delighted United have fought our corner on this issue".

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