Earlier this week news broke that Manchester City had returned 900 tickets after fans refused to pay £62 to watch their team play at Arsenal on Sunday. As FSF Chair Malcolm Clarke put it, “Football isn't immune from the economic situation and just because City have a lot of money it doesn’t mean their supporters have.”
Match-going fans all too often must pay through the nose to watch their team. The problem is particularly acute for away fans who must also cover the additional costs of transport, food and refreshment that come with following your team across the country.
Reports suggest that the Premier League is exploring the idea of an away fans’ fund – this sounds like a welcome initiative and one of many potential options that we would be pleased to explore with them. Of course high prices affect supporters in all leagues, and solutions must be found for those fans too.
In the last few days there have been many petitions and local campaigns aiming to bring away ticket prices down to a more affordable level. This feels like a real watershed moment when fans across the country are willing to put aside club differences to speak with one voice.
With that in mind the Football Supporters’ Federation will next week announce the first in a series of meetings across the country to see what fans can do to make football more affordable.
Whether you’re an individual fan or a representative of a supporters’ group we want to see you there and will be releasing full details next week.
Watch this space.