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French football confirms single away ticket price

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), the governing body of French football, has signed off on a single ticket price for away fans starting from the 2019-20 season.

The rate for Ligue 1, the top tier in France, will be €10 (£8.86/$11.26) per match and €5 for Ligue 2 games.

Nathalie Boy de la Tour, president of the LFP, said: “This is an important measure because it is requested and expected by the fans and it is a strong marker of listening to clubs and the leagues.”

The LFP worked closely with the French National Supporters Association to help establish a single visitor rate.

Under the ruling, clubs would need to communicate the number of travelling fans it is sending to each game 10 days prior to kick off.

There has also been a limit set on the visitor volume to 1,000 fans maximum, unless there is a specific agreement between the two clubs. However, the average number of spectators traveling in Ligue 1 last season was just 284 per game, the president of the LFP said.

The move seeks to avoid prohibitive prices for away fans, especially for top games at grounds such as Paris Saint Germain’s Parc des Princes. PSG spoke out against the €10 limit when it was initially proposed and said it “would have accepted the idea if the price had been €20”.

The top tier of French football recently reported a 1.5 per cent attendance increase in 2018-19 from the previous year, attracting a record 8.67 million supporters.

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