UEFA and major clubs consider price cap on European away tickets

27 March 2019

Ticket prices away games Barcelona cap 30 £
Photo: Getty Images Manchester United fans are furious that they have to pay up to £102 to watch their team away at Nou Camp in Barcelona. Now UEFA and ECA are considering a price cap on away tickets in European tournaments.

General secretary of European Club Association will propose ticket price cap to UEFA.

ECA tells general assembly about price cap as fans of major clubs bemoan high prices for away tickets.

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

Speaking to reporters at the European Club Association (ECA) general assembly in Amsterdam on Tuesday, the organisation's general secretary Michele Centenaro said the matter of a price cap on European away tickets had been discussed by clubs on Monday and a proposal would now go forward to the next UEFA club competitions committee on 14 May.

The comment on ticket prices comes after a working group was set up last year by the ECA and UEFA following complaints from Bayern Munich and Liverpool fans about ticket prices at Anderlecht and FC Porto.

Many Bayern fans boycotted their game against Anderlecht in November 2017 when the Belgian side raised the cost of tickets to €100 or £85, while Liverpool objected to Porto charging their fans three times as much as local supporters for a Champions-League game.

ECA vice-chairman Edwin Van Der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper who is now chief executive of Ajax, said:

"Speaking as a former player, we want vocal fans at games and most of the time that's the support that travels to domestic away games, too.”

Much discussion

Meanwhile, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who now does the same job at AC Milan, agreed with his Ajax counterpart and said Europe should learn from English football with its £30 cap on away tickets.

Meanwhile on Twitter there has been much discussion and calls for regulation related to the elite showdown between Manchester United and Barcelona where price tickets for United fans travelling to Barcelona are as high as €120, or about £102.

Football writer and founder of United We Stand wrote on Twitter:

“The €120 Barça are charging MUFC fans for Camp Nou is the most expensive ticket in MU's history outside of a final. MUFC will now increase cost of Barça's tickets at OT to €120...and use difference to subsidise ticket prices for travellers to Camp Nou down to £75.”

In a response to the tweet, a person attending the 1999 Champions League final between the two teams wrote that he paid about £30 for some of the most expensive tickets.