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SEVILLA and Manchester United have engaged in a war of words over tickets after the English club pushed up their prices to match what their own fans must pay in Spain.
The two sides, who meet in the last 16 of the Champions League, are rowing over the cost for visiting supporters in each leg and Uefa are now set to become involved.
Travelling United supporters must cough up £89 each for February’s first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where Liverpool fans were charged £54 in November.
Not only have United responded by subsidising supporters the £35 difference, they have also increased the price for visiting fans at March’s return leg at Old Trafford to £89 as well.
Sevilla insist they too will cover the additional sum for their fans and intend to contact Uefa over United upping costs and allocating them just 2,995 tickets in Manchester.
Uefa rules stipulate that at least 5 per cent of a stadium capacity’s should be available to visiting supporters, yet Sevilla claim United have not offered them 3,800 tickets for security reasons.
Part of the statement on Sevilla’s website read: “Sevilla FC will subsidise the price increase for club members travelling to Manchester.
“With this subsidy, the club will guarantee that no club members pay more than the €60 (£53.15) initially specified.
“Sevilla will be in contact with Uefa over both Manchester United’s failure to make 5 per cent of tickets available to away fans, as well as the club’s price increase after a formal application for an away allocation.
“Sevilla will also look to guarantee that no Sevillista pays a penny more than any Manchester United fan for similar tickets, as competition regulations dictate.”
United’s decision to charge Sevilla supporters £89 followed failed attempts to persuade the Spanish club to lower their prices.
Supporters who have tickets for the game at Sevilla were informed by email that United would be refunding them £35, with that money raised from the price rise for visiting fans at Old Trafford.
United pledged any extra revenue would be donated to the club’s foundation, expressing the hope that the price increase would “act as a deterrent to future opponents who look to increase ticket prices for our travelling supporters.”
The Manchester United Supporters Trust praised the club.
“We have been working with the club since we became aware of the ridiculous £89 Sevilla [away] ticket price,” the trust said in a statement.
“Our primary objective was to ensure our fans didn’t end up paying this much. We are delighted United have fought our corner on this issue.”
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