English Premier League football club Manchester United could see its fans paying upwards of £133 (€150/$178) to see their team play Spanish LaLiga club Sevilla in the away leg of their UEFA Champions League knockout tie.
United has been handed an allocation of 2,450 tickets for the February round of 16 tie at the 42,714-capacity Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, Sevilla’s home ground.
However, tickets will set English fans back much more than was anticipated, with United having told fans that the cost would be around £54 – the price Liverpool fans paid when facing the La Liga team recently.
The away ticketing ballot, as is standard practice for away games, opened prior to the pricing confirmation, which the home side decides upon. Season ticket holders were able to apply for a ticket on Monday, and were initially told tickets would cost almost half of what has been announced. The estimated cost was debited from fans’ accounts if they were successful.
The away club confirmed it had been allocated 2,450 standard seats priced at £89 and 200 category 1 seats priced at £133.
A statement from Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) said: “It is too early to know whether we can change this but we are already in contact with both Manchester United and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and will be lobbying UEFA and other bodies who may be able to influence this exploitative pricing.”
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