UEFA has agreed to set an away ticket price cap for Champions League and Europa League ties this season.
Away tickets will cost a maximum of €70 (£63.50/$77) in the Champions League and €45 in the Europa League as of next month’s opening group-stage fixtures, which represents the level of the lowest category ticket price of the two competition’s finals.
The new regulation complements the existing rule which stipulates that the price of tickets for supporters of the visiting team must not exceed the price paid for tickets of a comparable category that are sold to supporters of the home team. This excludes tickets available to season ticket holders, those who are members of a supporters’ club or tickets sold as part of a promotional package.
UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said: “Fans are the lifeblood of the game and those who follow their teams to away matches must have access to tickets at a reasonable price, bearing in mind the cost they have already had to incur for their trip.
“By capping ticket prices, we want to make sure that away fans can still travel to games and play their part in making the atmosphere inside football stadiums so special.”
The move comes after concerns were raised about the away ticket pricing battle that escalated between Barcelona and Manchester United for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
The European Club Association (ECA) and UEFA set up a working group last year after Bayern Munich and Liverpool fans complained about ticket prices at Anderlecht and Porto, respectively.
Last year, Manchester United and Liverpool hit back at Barcelona’s extortionate pricing tactics by raising their own prices for visiting fans to subsidise their own fans’ extra costs in Spain.
The Press Association claims that Bayern Munich and the Premier League clubs have been pushing UEFA for a price cap, while clubs in Spain and other southern European countries have been less interested.