Manchester United will charge Sevilla supporters £89 each to see their team at Old Trafford after the Spanish club refused to change their own prices for away fans.
Jose Mourinho’s men face Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League and those who travel to the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21 will have to pay £89 as a visiting fan, £35 more than Liverpool supporters were charged at the same venue in December.
United attempted to get Sevilla to lower the cost but, having failed to persuade them to do so, the club have said they will respond by hiking up the prices to the same amount for away supporters at Old Trafford in March’s second leg.
That additional revenue will be used to subsidise United fans £35 each for their ticket in Seville, in keeping with the £54 Liverpool fans paid, with any extra money donated to the Manchester United Foundation.
In an email, seen by Press Association Sport, that was sent to supporters that have tickets for the game in Sevilla, United’s head of ticketing and membership Sam Kelleher wrote: “In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are unfairly being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club.
“This view is shared generally amongst travelling supporters, and we have received lots of requests from individuals and supporter groups to intervene in this matter.
“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. Therefore 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.
“We have decided to increase the ticket prices for Sevilla fans for the game at Old Trafford, and use this increase to subsidise our fans, as we want this to act as a deterrent to future opponents who look to increase ticket prices for our travelling supporters.
“We will subsidise our travelling support by refunding the difference between the price charged (£89) and the price that was paid by Liverpool supporters in the group stage of this year’s competition (£54). The £35 difference will be refunded prior to the game taking place.
“As a result of the changes to ticket prices for away fans, should we gain any additional revenue after having refunded our supporters, we will donate this to the Manchester United Foundation.”
The Manchester United Supporters Trust (M.U.S.T) praised the club.
“We have been working with the club since we became aware of the ridiculous £89 Sevilla (away) ticket price,” they said in a statement on Twitter.
“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 and are now working with the club to engage with UEFA to look at non-member fees and the lack of concession tickets which have often been used to hike up prices for our away fans.”