On the national scene – Fans tell PL: kick “categorisation” into row Z

January 22, 2015

Football Supporters’ Federation chief executive Kevin Miles will lead a delegation of fans from Blue Union, Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust, Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, and Spirit of Shankly to talk ticket prices with the Premier League on Friday (23rd January).

Nine out of 10 fans think prices are too expensive and the FSF have long argued that Premier League clubs need to cut prices.

On the agenda:

  1. Kicking “categorisation” into row z/maximum away ticket price;
  2. Prices for younger fans as they graduate out of “kids” concessionary prices;
  3. How can the PL help fans get in front of decision-makers at clubs who set the prices?

Many fans think categorisation should be scrapped, as FSF chair Malcolm Clarke told The Independent: “This business of categorising matches is blatantly unfair. Just because Manchester City have a lot of money doesn’t mean their supporters have, and the same is true of the other teams who get charged the highest prices every time they play.”

There are also concerns over the “pinch point” when kids graduate to full adult prices. Are clubs easing that transition with reduced prices for young adults who might be in full time education, low-paid jobs, or apprenticeships?

The Premier League often argue they are, in effect, only a trade body for the individual clubs, and it is the latter who have power to reduce prices. If that is the case, how can the Premier League empower fans to get in front of the decision makers at their clubs? Not all clubs have fans’ groups with that access or influence.

Read more at http://www.fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/fans-tell-pl-kick-categorisation-into-row-z