January 11 – Manchester United and Sevilla are locked in a bitter ticket war over their forthcoming Champions League last-16 clash with the Spanish club saying they will report United to UEFA for not offering their fans enough seats.
Sevilla claim that United have not followed UEFA’s ticket guidelines in allocating 5% of the tickets to their supporters and had been given just under 3,000 tickets when they should have had 3,800.
Sevilla are also upset their fans are being charged £89 but United say that is because the Spanish club declined to lower their own prices. Sevilla are charging United fans between £89 and £133 pounds ($120 to $179) to watch the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21, which the English club considered excessive.
“Sevilla will subsidise the tickets of the fans who go to Manchester so they will not pay more than the €60 established in the first place,” read a Sevilla statement.
“We will make UEFA aware that five percent of the stadium is not being made available (to our fans) and the unilateral price rise – after the official request for tickets (from Sevilla) – as well as asking them to verify that Sevilla fans do not pay a penny more than British fans for similar tickets, as per the competition regulations.”
United say they will refund each fan £35, taken from the £89 they have decided to charge the Sevilla fans for the return leg on March 13 after the Spanish club refused to budge over their own prices. That means United fans will pay £54, the same amount Liverpool fans paid to see their side draw 3-3 in Sevilla in the group stage.
“In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are unfairly being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club,” Manchester United said in a statement.
Therefore, United said, it was only fair to charge their opponents’ fans a similar amount.
“We have taken the difficult decision to charge Sevilla fans for the return leg at Old Trafford the same amount as our fans have been charged for the away fixture. This has been raised with Sevilla, and internally, but ultimately Sevilla have not agreed to significantly lower the price of tickets for our fans to what we view as a reasonable level.”
Sevilla responded to United’s move by announcing they too would subsidise their own fans to ensure they paid no more than the €60 cost they claim was agreed for the game at Old Trafford on March 13. United rejected any suggestion a €60 price had been set.
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