United explain ticket prices for key derby

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SHEFFIELD United have responded to claims that Huddersfield Town supporters are being overcharged for next month’s meeting between the two teams at Bramall Lane.

‘Down at the Mac,’ a website run by followers of the West Yorkshire club, is urging fans to boycott the League One fixture on Tuesday September 13 after complaining about the £28.50 admission fee.

By contrast, seats in the away end for next weekend’s visit of Bury are priced £14 plus booking fee.

Richard Batho, United’s communications manager, said: “Sheffield United has used a categorization of matches and, a three tier pricing structure for a number of seasons now. This is the case at many football clubs.

“This season we have four category A games – high profile or Derby fixtures – which are the club’s highest priced matches and the match against our Yorkshire rivals happens to be one of those games.

“Also, the club has four category C games – a quartet of fixtures each season whereby the aim is to provide affordable football for families and supporters who normally may not be able to attend.

“The match against Bury is one of the category C games and is therefore very competitively priced.”

Batho added: “The prices for the away end for the Huddersfield game are less than the prices paid by our fans in every part of the stadium with the exception of The Kop, where there is some restricted viewing and the concession kiosks are in uncovered areas.

“Parts of the Bramall Lane / Westfield Stand are normally occupied by our fans...paying the same price as the visitors.

“On this occasion we have however moved our fans from this area to accommodate an extra 2,000 tickets for Huddersfield supporters.”