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£55 trip to Old Trafford puts FA Cup away prices under the spotlight

An FA rule change that allows home teams to charge exorbitant fees for away fans in the FA Cup has come under criticism following the third round replay at Old Trafford.

Wolves fans looking to see their team play away at Manchester United on Wednesday were forced to pay up to £55 for the privilege, the highest away ticket prices seen in this year’s third round.

Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo condemned the pricing and said more must be done to make the games affordable.

“£55? It’s too much isn’t it? So I don’t agree,” Nuno said in his pre-match press conference. “I would prefer fans do not pay too much but I cannot do anything about it. Make it cheaper, cheaper, cheaper.”

Supporters were also critical of the pricing, particularly when set against the affordable ticketing seen elsewhere during this week’s replays. Tottenham Hotspur charged Middlesbrough fans £20 while Rochdale supporters making the trip to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park enjoyed £10 tickets.

“It’s scandalous that Manchester United have structured the pricing of the FA cup replay tickets as they have,” said Punjabi Wolves.

“Wolves fans expressed their anger on social media along with some boycotting the game. The allocation of 3048 is disappointing too.”

In most of the FA Cup’s history, ticket pricing for visiting fans had to be agreed by both competing clubs however a 2017 FA rule change freed up host clubs to effectively charge whatever they like.

“After a successful FSA campaign Premier League clubs agreed to a £30 cap for away fans but when it comes to other competitions clubs are too quick to disregard that principle,” the FSA said.

“This isn’t a Premier League game but we don’t see why the FA Cup should be used as an excuse to bump up costs and rip off match-going fans. Keep the FA Cup affordable.”

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