Fans "should not be forgotten" on ticket price value, says PM

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Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Premier League football clubs must strive to find the right balance on ticket prices.

Cameron was responding to a question submitted at a recent Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) by Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford MP.

Clive Efford MP asked Cameron whether he would act to give fans a place at the table in club boardrooms so "their voices can be heard when issues such as ticket prices". Efford's question followed the high profile Liverpool fans' walkout and on-going action against the rise in ticket prices. 

In his written response, Cameron said: "At a time when there is more money flowing into the Premier League than ever before, it should not be forgotten that this success is built upon the hard work and money of millions of loyal supporters."

Though Cameron responded at February's PMQs, he promised to look into the matter in more detail and provide a written response.

"Clubs need to ensure that their ticketing policies provide the right balance between value for supporters and generating the income necessary to sustain their businesses," the Prime Minister adds in his letter.

The Prime Minister becomes the latest high-profile figure to voice concern over ticket prices in English football, particularly as broadcast revenues reach an all time high, ahead of the meeting of Premier League bosses later this month - where the issue of away ticket prices will be back on the table.

Clive Efford MP said: "Clubs are increasingly being run by businessmen who view fans as customers and do not appreciate the fact the passion they hold for their clubs lasts for a lifetime.

"The fans will be there for their club through thick and thin long after the current owners have moved on.  As more and more wealthy businessmen eye up our football teams as means to make money the voice of fans needs to be heard more than ever."

Elsewher in the letter, Cameron reiterated Government support for the report produced by the Expert Working Group - calling for stronger dialogue between football clubs and representative supporter groups.

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