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Liverpool owners apologise “for the distress caused by our pricing plan”

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Liverpool’s owners have sent an open letter to fans apologising “for the distress caused by our pricing plan” – the letter follows last Saturday’s mass walkout organised by FSF affiliates Spirit of Shankly and Spion Kop 1906.

“This proposal is not our panacea. More must be done to make football affordable. However we have always stated that this is a journey that the owners should embark upon and this is a positive step in the right direction towards fairness and away from greed, but it is only one step” said a Spirit of Shankly statement.

The Liverpool owners’ letter was released after a tumultuous week on ticket prices which ended with David Cameron even getting involved at Prime Minister’s Questions. In response to a question from Clive Efford MP, the PM acknowledged that prices were a “problem”.

“I think there is a problem here when some clubs put up prices very rapidly every year, even though so much of the money for football actually comes from sponsorship, equipment and other sources. I’ll look very carefully at what he says,” said Cameron.

FSF chair Malcolm Clarke told BBC North West: “When fans do take action together it is possible to achieve change – I congratulate the Liverpool fan groups on achieving the degree of support from their fan base they did.”

Thanks to Action Images for the image used in this piece.

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