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Premier League trusts call for ticket price freeze & away cap

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Supporters trusts from clubs across the Premier League have written to their club boards asking them to take action on ticket prices.

Eleven trusts have asked clubs to table and vote for a number of measures at the upcoming Premier League shareholders meeting:

  • A freeze on all ticket prices in all categories for the three years of the new TV contract;
  • New money to be set aside to allocate every club a £1m per season Away Supporters’ Initiative fund, an end to away match categorisation and a cap on away ticket prices;
  • Price reductions for 18-21-year-old fans – the future generation of supporters.

The FSF supports these aims which are very closely in line with our Twenty’s Plenty for Away Tickets campaign.

The trusts’ letter says: “The cost of football tickets has been keenly and publicly debated for some time, and we believe you have the opportunity to take practical action to address supporter concerns and send out a positive message about the responsible way the Premier League is utilising the additional TV windfall to engage with supporters and invest in the long-term future of the game.”

The letter has been sent by trusts at Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United, Norwich City, Chelsea, AFC Bournemouth, Leicester City, Everton, Newcastle United, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

A spokesperson for the trusts said: “The football authorities have said for some time that they understand supporters’ concerns about the cost of watching football, and the impact on the game’s reputation of high ticket prices against the backdrop of the latest lucrative TV deals. These simple proposals give the Premier League clubs the opportunity to deliver practical measures that show those concerns are serious.”

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

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