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Stop the greed: Fulham fans protest sky-high ticket prices

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

Fulham fans protested outside Craven Cottage at the weekend against the club’s sky-high match-day ticket prices.

Led by the Fulhamish podcast team, the #StopTheGreed protest saw flyers being handed out as well as a banner display ahead of their match against Manchester City on Saturday.

Unhappiness in West London has been growing this season and Fulham have been criticised for their match-day prices, which are some of the highest in the Premier League – category A games range from £55-75 per adult ticket while category B tickets are £45-65 per adult.

The cheapest ticket at Craven Cottage (£45) is only exceeded by Manchester City (£46) and Chelsea (£52) and Fulham fans made their feelings known on 55 minutes during the match with a visual protest.

Farell Monk from the Fulhamish Podcast said: “This is not a protest against the owners and their extraordinary investment on and off the field.

“It is a protest against the policy of Fulham FC that’s putting revenue generation, tourists and touts ahead of its genuine fans, that will damage the club for many years to come.”

Before the protests, Fulham Supporters’ Trust released part of their recent survey which clearly demonstrated supporters’ discontent with the 2018-19 match-day pricing at the Cottage. Of the 2,300 Fulham fans who took part, 75% were dissatisfied with matchday prices for top category games.

64% of respondents said they are going to fewer home games because of ticket prices, while a majority said match-day tickets are £10 to £15 too high.

Chair of FST Tom Greatrex said: “Despite the commendable approach to season ticket prices, we believe the club have got matchday tickets wrong this season, with a consequence of potentially pricing out and putting off many long-standing loyal fans.

“We all want as many Fulham fans in the ground as possible – for the long term – and what is important now is that the Club listens, learns and presses the reset button for next season and beyond.”

Thanks to Fulhamish for the image used in this article.

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