Champions League ticket prices are again under the microscope after Liverpool contacted UEFA over the cost of Porto’s away passes for next month’s knockout clash.
The Premier League club has complained about the Portuguese club setting prices at €75 (£66.50/$93), which is the same cost as general admission but significantly more than the €25 members’ tickets, which the majority of the crowd will use.
The Primeira Liga club said the price plan was made to ensure it was within UEFA guidelines, which does not allow for visiting fans to be charged more than home supporters.
The complaint comes after Manchester United and Sevilla engaged in a series of tit-for-tat announcements over prices for their round-of-16 match.
“Liverpool FC has raised this significant discrepancy at the highest level with UEFA and FC Porto, who have confirmed that this pricing structure and policy is in line with previous rounds in the competition,” said a statement from Liverpool.
“We will continue our dialogue with UEFA regarding the €50 discrepancy between the home and away ticket prices.
“We will update supporters when those discussions have concluded.”
Last week, Manchester United announced it had instigated a meeting with UEFA chiefs to discuss ticketing in response to its Champions League price war with Sevilla.
The LaLiga club reported the Premier League side to Europe’s football governing body, saying it would subsidise its own supporters’ tickets to the Old Trafford match and complained to UEFA about its fans’ allocation of 2,995.
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.
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