Banner of the week: ‘Welcome to Scamdinavia’

Manchester United fans are planning a protest against ticket prices on Thursday after being charged £71 to attend the club’s Europa League game away at FC Midtjylland.

Fans are unhappy at being asked to pay a premium price for tickets in what they view as a second-rate European competition.

Banners have been prepared by some of the 800 fans attending the game at the 11,800-capacity MCH Arena, and one of them, created by Thomas Kearney, has “WELCOME TO SCAMDINAVIA” written on it in black and white letters.

It highlights the fact that United fans have been charged £71 per ticket whereas Southampton supporters were charged just £22 when they played at the home of the Danish champions in the Europa League play-off round in August.

United fans are expected to sing about their annoyance at the ticket charge during the game on Thursday. Andy Mitten, author and editor of fanzine United We Stand, claims that Midtjylland are “ripping fans off”.

“£71 to watch a Europa League game is extortionate,” said Mitten. “The combined cost of all three tickets for Manchester United’s Champions League away games was only £75.

“Do they think United fans are three times wealthier than Southampton fans? Midtjylland are ripping fans off – their own and the 800 travelling fans.”

United have reportedly complained to UEFA on the matter when the prices were announced, but there was no reduction. Currently, the only direct flights from Manchester to Billund, the nearest airport to the ground in Herning, are available at £321 return.

Given that fans will have to pay up to £100 to reach Herning and hotels are charging up to £320 for a room, a two-night trip to Denmark could cost well over £1,000.

Cliff Crown, a director at the Danish club and also the chairman of Brentford, defended the ticket prices. “We are only a small club in small region of Denmark and this is our cup final so we have to make the most of our opportunity,” he told talkSPORT.

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