Supporters set to stage protest over ticket prices

On the same day that English football's 2013-14 fixtures were announced, protesters are poised to meet with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore to discuss the issue
Supporters are set to protest the pricing of ticket prices on Wednesday on the same day the 2013-14 Premier League fixtures have been announced.

A Liverpool fans group - Spirit of Shankly (SOS) – have organised the protest which will see supporters from other clubs in England’s top flight, such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, protest at the Premier League’s London headquarters where a meeting with chief executive Richard Scudamore is reportedly poised to take place.

Backing has also come from the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) as the body are advocating the price of tickets in the Premier League to be capped at £20.

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An FSF spokesman told the London Evening Standard: "The FSF fully support Spirit of Shankly's efforts to highlight unacceptably high ticket prices - nine out of 10 fans think football's too expensive.

"Along with campaigns like the FSF's Twenty's Plenty for Away Tickets, this protest will demonstrate that fans can't be squeezed forever. Premier League clubs are set to share a £5.5 billion media deal and the increase from the domestic rights alone is enough to knock £600 off every fan's season ticket.

"Clubs are swimming in cash and it's about time fans' loyalty was rewarded with more affordable tickets."

The cost of ticket prices in England came under scrutiny during the course of last season after Manchester City returned 912 tickets, which cost £62 each, for their away trip to Arsenal.

However, the Premier League have backed the structure, claiming offers are made to fans during the course of a season to help balance the cost of attending games.

A spokesman for the Premier League added: "Ticket pricing is a matter for individual clubs, many of which work hard to fill their stadiums with offers at different points during a season that make top-flight football accessible to large numbers of fans.

"We have always encouraged stretch pricing to help accessibility and it is against Premier League rules to charge away fans more than home fans for the same standard of seats.

"The quality and safety of stadia is as a result of extensive and continued investment from the clubs.

"Fans clearly enjoy the environment in which they watch Premier League matches and the football on offer with occupancy rates of 95 per cent for last season and having been above 90% for the last 16 seasons in a row."