Manchester United have decided to charge visiting Sevilla fans £89 for their Champions League last 16 clash in response to the Spanish side’s pricing strategy for the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Tickets for the first leg in Spain for United fans cost the equivalent of £89 with the fans rightly fuming, especially with Liverpool fans being charged £35 less for their visit last November.
United however have decided to subsidise their fans making the journey to Spain, by charging Sevilla fans the same price at Old Trafford and giving the extra £35 back to their fans with any left over funds being donated to the Manchester United Foundation.
Manchester United took the decision after Sevilla refused to lower the price despite numerous requests. A club statement read, “In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are unfairly being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club. Ultimately Sevilla have not agreed to significantly lower the price to what we view as a reasonable level. Therefore, we have taken the difficult decision to charge Sevilla fans the same amount as our fans have been charged for the away fixture.”
It’s not done there however with Sevilla saying they will also pay the difference to their fans as well as report the English giants to UEFA for not offering the mandatory 5% of tickets for away fans required for UEFA games, as United are only offering 4.1% of Old Trafford’s capacity.