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Fulham fans prepare for ticket price protest this weekend

Fulham fans will protest ahead of Saturday’s home game against Manchester United over fears that the club’s ‘completely misguided’ ticketing policy will price loyal supporters out of the game.

The action, organised by the Fulham Supporters’ Trust, supported by female fans’ group the Fulham Lillies and endorsed by a coalition of supporters’ websites and podcasts, aims to draw attention to the prohibitive cost of watching matches at Craven Cottage.

General admittance adult tickets for Saturday lunchtime’s televised fixture against Manchester United ranged from £67 to £160 – whilst season tickets have typically increased by 18% on last year. Craven Cottage is now home to the most expensive non-corporate season ticket in the country, at £3,000.

A statement issued by the trust said: “The problem is a completely misguided ticket pricing policy that fundamentally misunderstands what it means to be a fan.

“It’s a policy which, piece by piece, is alienating a large part of our core fan base to the extent that increasing numbers just can’t afford to come to a game or bring their friends and family to help create that next generation.”

Fulham fans will walk from Bishops Park to Craven Cottage from 11.30am on Saturday and hold yellow cards – echoing past successful supporter protests – aloft after eighteen minutes of the match asking for a more affordable ticket-pricing policy.

The protests are being supported by the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, who said: “We offer our full support to the Fulham fans making their voices heard.

“We also note the support Fulham fans have shown us in the past when they displayed green and gold scarves in the away section at Old Trafford in 2012 backing our protest against the Glazers’ ownership; a gesture of solidarity which was much appreciated at the time, and we are happy to reciprocate.”

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