A nationwide survey held by the FSF in conjunction with The People newspaper has shown that nine out of 10 football supporters believe Premier League tickets are too expensive.
Thousands of fans replied to give their views on a wide range of issues covering everything from safe standing and Game 39, to the vital question…who is the Premier League’s biggest diver?
The figures are the latest indication that fans are losing patience with the Premier League’s willingness to hike prices, following on from news earlier this month that one in seven season ticket holders would not be renewing.
The survey also showed that 92 per cent oppose Gam£ 39 while 82 per cent back the FSF’s campaign to introduce safe standing areas, which received another recent boost when 98 MP’s signed an Early Day Motion encouraging the Government to reintroduce safe standing areas.
Last season also appears to have marked a watershed as 71 per cent are angry with the lack of respect shown towards officials while six out of 10 believe video replays should be introduced to help referees.
England’s failure to qualify for Euro 2008 seems to have dented many fans’ optimism with only one in three believing they can achieve the FA’s stated aim of reaching the semi-final of a major tournament in the next four years. Even more worryingly for the national team, eight out of ten say they would rather see their own team win the league than England win the World Cup.
Ronaldo’s reputation as the best player in England is fully deserved according to the survey while Didier Drogba was considered the biggest diver, though he faced stiff competition from Ronaldo and England’s own Steven Gerrard.
“These results back up our view that season ticket prices are now too high, clubs are holding fans to ransom and increasing numbers are being priced out. The average age of a season ticket holder in the Premier League is now 43. If this trend continues we risk losing a generation of fans”, said FSF Deputy Chair, Jon Keen.
“It is also very encouraging to see fans are onside when it comes to our campaigns to introduce safe standing and oppose Gam£ 39, more and more people are coming to the conclusion that enough is enough.”