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Man Utd sets crunch talks with UEFA

Manchester United has instigated a meeting with UEFA chiefs to discuss ticketing in response to its Champions League price war with Sevilla.

Most recently, the LaLiga club reported the Premier League side to Europe’s football governing body, UEFA. The price war kicked off last month when Sevilla announced that travelling United 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.

After talks between the clubs failed, United announced earlier this month it would raise prices for the Old Trafford leg by £35 – the difference between the price Liverpool supporters paid and the charge facing their own fans.



Sevilla responded in a statement saying it would subsidise its own supporters’ tickets to the Old Trafford match and complained to UEFA about its fans’ allocation of 2,995, which it noted is just 4.1 per cent of the stadium’s capacity. Champions League rules dictate that home sides make five per cent of seats available to visiting supporters.

UEFA has reportedly agreed to the meeting with United, though it is unlikely that any changes will occur until next season.

The governing body is currently investigating a similar issue in which Bayern Munich fans €100 for tickets to see their side play at Anderlecht in November.