Liverpool and Newcastle fans join forces to attack £52 ticket prices

spirit of shanklyLiverpool FC and Newcastle United supporters have joined forces to hit out at both the cost of tickets and the timing of next months Premier League clash between the clubs.

Travelling Toon fans will have to pay £52 to attend the match at Anfield which has been moved to Monday, April 13 for live TV coverage.

Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) board member Michael Martin said: “NUST is appalled to discover that ticket prices for United fans travelling to Anfield for the forthcoming fixture are a staggering £52 per head.

“At a time when Premier League football is awash with riches from TV, the most dedicated followers of the game continue to have their eyes pulled out by the nation’s clubs charging extortionate prices which will slowly and steadily erode the culture of away day travel vital to the atmosphere that TV buys so much into.

“We call upon Liverpool Football Club and Newcastle United Football Club to agree a reciprocal deal of no more than £20 for visiting fans to Anfield and St James’ Park and allow some of the wealth flooding through the game to be felt by the supporters who are its lifeblood.”

Spirit of Shankly (SOS) chairperson Jay McKenna added: “SOS have consistently made clear that prices at Anfield and at grounds across the country need to be reduced. Prices at many grounds are too expensive but charging in excess of £50 for a match ticket just shows the need for more to be done to make football more affordable.

“More money than ever before is in football now and soon it will get even richer from the new TV deal. Supporters in the North East, like those in the North West, are not any richer due to austerity and low wages.

“That supporters are expected to travel the width of the country, on a Monday night, at great expense and time, including time off from work, just shows the disregard for ‘customers’, let alone loyal supporters.”

Malcolm Clarke, chair of the Football Supporters Federation added:

“Credit to both Newcastle United Supporters Trust and Spirit of Shankly for showing unity on this issue too. Liverpool fans know better than most just how expensive away games can be, thanks to many clubs’ category A pricing policies.”

The FSF will lead a demonstration of fans at the next meeting of the Premier League’s shareholders held in central London on Thursday, March 26. You can find out more at www.fsf.org.uk.

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Read more here: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/liverpool-fc-newcastle-fans-join-8810383

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