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UEFA: Supporters secure cheaper away tickets & new safeguards

UEFA has improved its away ticket price regulations to provide more safeguards for travelling fans, following discussions with Football Supporters Europe (FSE). Away tickets in the UEFA Europa Conference League will also be capped at €25.

FSE says the changes will address loopholes in ticketing regulations which were used by some clubs to charge away fans more than home fans for similar tickets.

The FSA is a member of FSE – the member group representing supporters at a continental level.

FSE monitors away ticket pricing across UEFA competitions and identified a number of loopholes and exorbitant pricing policies – including clubs using deals for season ticket holders, members or tickets sold in bundles for all group stage games to bypass existing protections and overcharge away fans.

With the new regulations, UEFA and FSE say this shouldn’t happen anymore.

FSE welcomed the decision, which was confirmed at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting at the end of June, and came out of discussions between UEFA, FSE and the European Club Association.

FSE: “The amended regulations implemented by UEFA… should prevent scenarios where away supporters are forced to pay higher ticket prices than home supporters.”

UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) away tickets will also be capped at €25 for the coming season, down from €35. The price cap for the UECL is now aligned to the price of the cheapest category of tickets available at the competition’s final.

FSE say they will continue working towards a general reduction of away ticket prices in UEFA club competitions which could bring further reductions from 2024/25.

Last week it was announced that FSE would take up seats on UEFA committees and they say “this is yet another milestone as it marks the first time UEFA has meaningfully involved fan representatives in the revision of a regulation that directly affects match-going supporters”.

UEFA’s new regulation

“The price of tickets for supporters in the 5% (away) allocation must not exceed the price paid for adult tickets in a comparable sector of the stadium that are sold to supporters of the home team (including tickets sold to season ticket holders, to persons who are members of the club, and/or sold as part of any promotion/promotional package for tickets exclusively for UEFA competition matches).”

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