Manchester United have decided to charge Sevilla fans an extortionate £89 for their Champions League last 16 clash at Old Trafford in March… but only after their Liga opponents inflicted the same price hike for the first leg in Spain.
United complained that Sevilla had unjustly bumped up their ticket price and, after failing to reason with their opponents, elected to match their £89 fee for away fans.
They will use the extra money generated to refund United fans heading to the game in Spain – currently £35-a-head, in line with Sevilla’s £54 tickets for their clash against Liverpool in the group stage – and promised any extra cash to the Manchester United Foundation.
It means Sevilla fans will be hit the hardest, something the Premier League side said was necessary to avoid future clubs trying to rip off their travelling supporters.
It went down positively on social media:
FULL UNITED STATEMENT
“Further to our recent confirmation that you were successful for the Sevilla away game, we wanted to inform you of a change in what you will be charged for this game.
“In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are unfairly being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club. This view is shared generally amongst travelling supporters, and we have received lots of requests from individuals and supporter groups to intervene in this matter.
“This has been raised with Sevilla, and internally, but ultimately Sevilla have not agreed to significantly lower the price of tickets for our fans to what we view as a reasonable level. Therefore we have taken the difficult decision to charge Sevilla fans for the return leg at Old Trafford the same amount as our fans have been charged for the away fixture.
“We have decided 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 supporters.
“We will subsidise our travelling support by refunding the difference between the price charged (£89) and the price that was paid by Liverpool supporters in the Group Stage of this year’s competition (£54). The £35 difference will be refunded prior to the game taking place.
“As a result of the changes to ticket prices for away fans, should we gain any additional revenue after having refunded our supporters, we will donate this to the Manchester United Foundation.
“I hope you are looking forward to the game, and we will follow-up shortly with details of ticket collections.
“Many thanks for your continued, loyal support.”