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UEFA charges AEK Athens with Champions League price gouging

Greek Superleague football club AEK Athens has been charged with breaking the ticketing rules of European governing body UEFA after being accused of inflating prices for away fans when Bayern Munich travelled to the capital last month.

The German Bundesliga club won the Champions League game at the Olympic Stadium 2-0 on October 23, but its fans were reportedly charged €35 (£31/$40) for their tickets while the equivalent seats cost AEK fans €15.

UEFA safety and security regulations state that tickets for away fans “must not exceed the price paid for tickets of a comparable category” for home fans. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on December 13.

Pricing policies employed by clubs in UEFA competitions have been the subject of much debate and Bayern was also involved when UEFA last year punished Belgian First Division A outfit Anderlecht.

In November 2017, travelling Bayern Munich fans littered Anderlecht’s pitch with fake money in protest at Champions League ticket prices. The cost of a ticket for Bayern fans was set at €100 for the game at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

UEFA eventually ordered Anderlecht to pay Bayern fans €30 each in compensation.

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