Thursday 25 May 2017

Jamie Carragher explains why he joined Liverpool walk-out protest

Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher has revealed why he joined in the Liverpool ticket price protest on Saturday and pleaded for Premier League clubs to look after the "normal working man".

Yesterday it was revealed that Premier League supporters were plotting a walkout from an entire round of top-flight fixtures following Liverpool fans’ ticket-price protest at the weekend,

The decision by around 10,000 fans to stage a 77th-minute walkout of Anfield during the Liverpool-Sunderland game was the clearest indication yet that vast numbers of supporters have been driven to breaking point over the failure of teams to share some of their new £8.3 billion television contract, a windfall set to widen the gulf between those within the game and those who pay to follow it.

Carragher was one of those people who joined in the walk-out and he used his column in the Daily Mail to argue that the proposed top-level ticket price of £77 at Anfield next season is too much.

"The decision to implement the most expensive seats in the club’s history has led to uproar on Merseyside and the backlash during the game against Sunderland has brought this issue sharply into focus," wrote Carragher.

"I was at Anfield on Saturday when Liverpool fans took their stand about the club publishing a price list for tickets next season that will cost as much as £77. I walked out, along with another 10,000 or so, in the 77th minute.

"People have said to me since then ‘it’s ok for you on your big wages, that’s why the prices are so high’. I was paid well, yes, but I was there for 17 years and in comparison to some of the other players who were in that squad, it was fair.

"That’s what you want ticket prices to be: fair. I know the increase will not impact on me but I also know plenty about my city - £77 is too much to watch a game anywhere but that price is particularly over the top in Liverpool."

Carragher's stance came after Klopp showed his empathy with the fans, saying the club must heed the "signs" and compromise with supporters to resolve the ticket dispute.

“We have to really think about it and to have talks. I know Ian Ayre [chief executive] has already had some talks but we are in contact and that is very important,” Klopp said. “We are really interested in finding a solution.

“We should talk about this, with as much people as possible, and hopefully in the end find a solution that everyone can be satisfied with. I’m not worried, no. There is always a reason for a situation like there was on Saturday. It was not a situation where one game you have 40,000, the next 39,000, the next 38,000, 37, 36 and so on. But it was a sign on Saturday and I think it was easy to understand. Now we have to talk about it. This club is a really big club that has faced a few difficult situations in the history of Liverpool FC. These other problems were bigger than the problem we have in this moment but supporters never, ever lost their love of the club and that will not happen now.

“We have our job to do on the pitch, which is easier to help people enjoy the game, we will try, and I know the owners are really interested in having a good relationship with our supporters. We understood the sign, I think, and now we look for a solution.”

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