Protesters hopeful on ticket prices
Published 19/06/2013 | 18:53
A group of fans believe they have made positive progress in their campaign for lower Premier League ticket prices following a protest in London.
Supporters from across the country gathered to demonstrate outside Premier League headquarters on Wednesday afternoon while a delegation met with the competition's chief executive Richard Scudamore inside.
Disgruntlement over the rising cost of attending matches, particularly away matches, has grown in recent years and notably commanded attention after Manchester City's visit to Arsenal in January. City returned around one third of the 3,000 tickets they were allocated for the game after fans baulked at the £62 price.
Football Supporters Federation (FSF) chief executive Kevin Miles attended the meeting with Scudamore along with representatives of fans' groups from Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Miles said: "I'd like to say we've won an immediate reduction in all Premier League ticket prices - that's not the case but we have been able to express, in the meeting and in terms of the numbers outside, the strength of feeling on the issue of ticket prices.
"We got a response that was 'willing to listen'. They shared some of our concerns and agreed to ongoing dialogue to try to come up with some solutions. We regard this as the start of a process rather than the end."
The Premier League continues to grow in wealth with a new three-year £5.5billion global television rights deal coming into effect from the start of the 2013-14 season. Calculations revealed by the FSF show that the increased revenue would be enough to cut the price of every ticket at every game by £51.30.
The Premier League has previously said it encourages "stretch pricing", where a range of prices are offered to ensure those with lower budgets are catered for. A statement read: "The Premier League today met with a group of supporters who took part in the demonstration outside our offices. It was a positive meeting in which we listened to the group and answered their questions.
"In the meeting we explained that keeping attendances high is our top priority and that encouraging the attendance of locally-based supporters and incentivising away attendance are key parts of that.
"While it is for individual clubs to set their ticket prices, we agreed with the group that we would further encourage stretch pricing at our clubs in order to make Premier League football available to a wide range of supporters. We recognise the commitment of attending fans and look forward to further discussing the matters raised with the Football Supporters' Federation."