Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

United hits back at Sevilla with ticket price hike

United hits back at Sevilla with ticket price hike

But the Premier League club were left fuming when Sevilla made a decision to charge £89 for United fans to watch the first leg in Spain on February 13.

Sevilla is charging United fans between 89 and 133 pounds (US$120 to US$179) to watch the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21, which United considered excessive.

'As a result of the changes to ticket prices for away fans, should we gain any additional revenue after having refunded our supporters, we will donate this to the Manchester United Foundation.

United say they would have to move part of the away support to the top of the East Stand, which police have advised against, if they allowed 3,800 Seville fans into the stadium.

The Red Devils hit back in the bust-up and chose to charge Sevilla fans travelling to Old Trafford the same amount for the return clash at Old Trafford in March.

United attempted to persuade Sevilla to lower their prices but discussions between the two clubs failed to lead to a significant reduction.

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'We will subsidise our travelling support by refunding the difference between the price charged (£89) and the price that was paid by Liverpool supporters in the Group Stage of this year's competition (£54).

A club statement read, "In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are unfairly being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club".

The £89 ticket was found to be the most expensive non-final or semi-final ticket offered to United's travelling support in the club's European history, with Manchester United Supporters' Trust at the time describing the charge as "exorbitant".

To pay for that gesture, United also chose to increase ticket prices for Sevilla fans by £35 each in an effort to protest at what they see is unfair exploitation of their fans. He said: 'We have been working with the club since the ridiculous £89 price was known to ensure our fans didn't end up paying this much.

Now Sevilla insist their allocation of 2,995 tickets is just 4.1 per cent of Old Trafford's capacity and that Champions League rules dictate that home sides make 5 per cent of the seats available to visiting supporters.

United said they had felt it was only fair to charge their opponents fans a similar amount.

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