Well played, Man United: Club charge Sevilla fans extra £35

Lawrence Cooper
January 13, 2018

Manchester United are to refund part of the £89 ($120) ticket price their fans are having to pay to attend the Champions League last 16 first leg match with Sevilla in Spain, the English club announced on Wednesday.

United were given 2,450 tickets priced at £89 (€100) for the clash with Sevilla, with a further 200 tickets priced at £133 (€150). "We are delighted United have fought our corner on this issue and are now working with the club to engage with UEFA to look at non-member fees and the lack of concession tickets which have often been used to hike up prices for our away fans".

The £89 ticket was found to be the most expensive non-final or semi-final ticket offered to United's travelling support in the club's European history, with Manchester United Supporters' Trust at the time describing the charge as "exorbitant".

It had escalated when Manchester United informed their travelling supporters their first leg tickets to the Spanish match would be subsidised by charging Sevilla fans more for the second leg.

In an email to supporters who have been successful in acquiring tickets for the game, the club said: "In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are unfairly being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club".

Any additional revenue gained from the increased charge on Sevilla fans will be donated to the Manchester United foundation.

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Sevilla did not meet United's demands however, and so the Red Devils have responded by charging Sevilla's fans the same £89 for the second leg at Old Trafford, and using the surplus to subsidise the costs of their travelling supporters.

United attempted to persuade Sevilla to lower their prices but discussions between the two clubs failed to lead to a significant reduction.

United raised their concerns with the Spanish club over pricing for the game but have now made a decision to charge the exact same amount for the second leg at Old Trafford after the Spanish club refused to back down over the dispute.

Sevilla get round the regulations on ticket prices because they have also increased the prices home fans will need to pay to watch the game.

"Our primary objective was to ensure our fans didn't end up paying this much".

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