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SBD Global/October 10, 2013/International Football
EPL Newcastle United Leads The Way As Fans' Pressure Forces Ticket Price Cuts
Published October 10, 2013
ON THE ROAD: The BBC's Saj Chowdhury reported with this season's installments of £200,000, Arsenal, Liverpool, ManU, Swansea, Fulham, Crystal Palace and Sunderland "have all offered either discounts or deals on tickets." Meanwhile, free transport "has been made available by clubs" including Hull, Aston Villa and Stoke, with the latter "offering complimentary coach travel for all of their away matches this season." As a result, the Potters "took a club record number of fans to Liverpool on the opening weekend." Four clubs are "yet to say what they plan to do with the money." To see how each club is spending their money, click here (BBC, 10/9).
SOME STILL CYNICAL: In London, Herbert wrote it was "one of those relatively rare occasions" when ManU and Liverpool "carried a torch together." Their mutual commitment to "driving down the obscene costs" faced by fans travelling away to watch a team in the Premier League resulted in them being two of only three clubs who have used a £200,000 budget "to help all fans, by subsidising match tickets for every away game." Some will be "understandably cynical about these developments," at clubs that are the beneficiaries of a new £5.5B ($8.7B) TV deal. But this is "a step forward" -- and "will be a leap if a substantial club or two come forward to say that they will reciprocate" Newcastle United's commitment to £20 away tickets (INDEPENDENT, 10/9).