The Football Supporters’ Federation has criticised the decision to charge some Sheffield United fans nearly £50 to watch their team play at Old Trafford next month.
Followers of the League One club who do not possess a season ticket or qualify for concessions must pay a minimum of £45 to attend the FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United on Saturday 9 January.
A spokesperson for the FSF told The Star last night: “High ticket prices represent a bigger problem for match-going fans than any other issue. At close to £50 these prices are unacceptable for a third round FA Cup tie.
“Travelling fans will be understandably upset at the price, especially once you add in travel costs, and the cost of pies, programmes and a pint. Let’s not forget these prices apply to home fans too. They have an ‘Automatic Cup Scheme’ at Old Trafford which means adult season ticket holders are obligated to buy an FA Cup ticket.”
Although under-16’s can attend the fixture for £10, providing they hold a season ticket at Bramall Lane, the pricing structure was greeted with dismay by many United supporters when it was unveiled last week.
The FSF spokesperson, whose organisation is calling for clubs to charge no more than £20 for away tickets, added: “Our ‘Twenty’s Plenty for Away Tickets’ campaign has so far saved 68,000 fans a total of £738,000 during 2013/14 and 2014/15 thanks to the number of clubs who agreed to do cheap, reciprocal deals. That number continues to grow thanks to deals at Coventry City, Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City, and Barnsley.
“We’d love to hear from fans who want to help our Twenty’s Plenty campaign. We have more actions planned for 2016 and want to help make football more affordable for fans”