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SBD Global/January 15, 2013/International Football
Man City Fans Protest Ticket Prices, Police Step In To Remove Banner
Published January 15, 2013
CONTROL FROM UP TOP: In London, Tony Evans wrote football's "lingering identity crisis was thrown into sharp relief by the City fans' mini-protest." City supporters sang "£62 and we're still here." Being fleeced "was a point of pride." Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore noted that league stadiums maintain a 95% occupancy. Full houses and the noise they provide "make the televisual experience more compelling," which is often "taken for granted." UEFA President Michel Platini's "manifesto for greed assumes that the big clubs will always pack their stadiums." UEFA expects that demand to watch Real Madrid and ManU "will never fade." Top officials are "only thinking about their cash cows." Can't afford £62, "tough" (LONDON TIMES, 1/14).