Spirit of Shankly meet with LFC to look at ticket prices

Spirit of Shankly 1Liverpool FC had its first ‘working group’ with supporters unions on January14th to look at the issue of rising ticket prices.

The club agreed to discuss the issue last month after tickets were slammed as “unaffordable”, and met with supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly and fan group Spion Kop 1906 to begin the talks.

Spion Kop 1906 said they hoped it would be “the first step on making football affordable for all.”

The issue has driven fans to hold banners up at games expressing their disgust at recent game prices, including one which read ‘Greed Is Not For The Good Of The Game’. Average adult ticket prices at Anfield are now around £48-£52 per game.

A Spirit of Shankly statement said: “Ticket pricing has risen above inflation for many years not just the last couple and price rises have been well above wage inflation particularly in areas like Anfield, Liverpool and the surrounding Merseyside area.

“There is still some way to go before we make football not only cheaper, but affordable.

“Our position remains clear – football is unaffordable and we won’t stop until we change that.

“By the club engaging with the biggest ‘stakeholders’ in the game, supporters, we may see that solutions are easier to find and much more long lasting.”

There has been some early success for campaigners and ticket prices have been reduced for February’s Europa League clash with Besiktas.

Spion Kop 1906 tweeted after the announcement: “We welcome the ticket prices reduction for the Besiktas match. We see this as a positive step and are pleased the club are listening.”

The working group was set up following a meeting between Spirit of Shankly, Spion Kop 1906 and club officials to discuss the concerns of many thousands of supporters about the increasingly high cost of match tickets.

It came after the groups sent an open letter to Liverpool FC owner John Henry objecting to what they regard as the exorbitant cost of tickets.

The fans had threatened to introduce a boycott on the banners and flags on the Kop which they believe are used by the club as an integral part of its marketing strategy.

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Original: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/spirit-shankly-set-meet-lfc-8441692

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