Minister faces calls for accessible Euro 2028 tickets

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A UK sports minister has said he will aim to make sure tickets prices for Euro 2028 are accessible for as many people as possible.

Stuart Andrew, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society, has offered to discuss pricing with European football governing body UEFA. The move comes after Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Clive Betts raised the issue around making tickets accessible for children and low-earners in the Commons. 

The UK and Ireland are set to host the European football championships across nine cities and 10 proposed venues, including London’s Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Etihad Stadium in Manchester, the not-yet completed Everton Stadium in Liverpool, Newcastle’s St James’ Park, Villa Park in Birmingham, Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Casement Park in Belfast. However, there are still questions over Northern Ireland’s Casement Park, which is currently derelict. 

Germany is set to host Euro 2024, with organisers making tickets available for as little as €30 (£26/$33). 

As reported by The Standard, Betts said: “This should be an opportunity for fans to celebrate and enjoy. I remember the 1996 Euros where the Danish fans came to Sheffield and drank the city dry without any problems whatsoever.”

Betts also asked Andrew to engage with the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) in the planning of the tournament. 

He added: “Will he (Andrews) talk to the authorities about ticket pricing so that those on low incomes and particularly children can actually get to the games and enjoy the events?”