Manchester United has escalated its ticket war with Sevilla by forcing their UEFA Champions League opponents’ fans to fund its own supporters’ trip to Spain.
United were furious when Sevilla announced last month that away fans would be charged between £89 and £133 (€150/$178) for seats at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium for the first leg of the clubs’ Round of 16 clash in February. Liverpool fans paid just £54 to see their team at Sevilla earlier this season.
United opened talks with Sevilla over reducing the price, but, according to the Daily Mail, the club has now chosen to raise prices for the Old Trafford leg by £35 – the difference between the price Liverpool supporters paid and the charge facing their own fans.
United will use proceeds from those ticket sales to refund £35 to their own supporters who have bought tickets for the first leg. The Mail reports that any additional revenue generated will go the club’s charity arm.
A spokesman for the Manchester United Supporters Trust welcomed the club’s decision, saying: “We have been working with the Club since the ridiculous £89 price was known to ensure our fans didn’t end up paying this much.
“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 the non member fees and the lack of concession tickets which have often been used to hike up prices for our away fans.”