France shames Premier League with ticket pricing plan
The cost of watching Premier League football is overall higher than any other European League.
The FSF (Football Supporters Federation) had long campaigned for ‘Twenty’s Plenty’, a proposal that would see away fans not pay any more than £20.
The Premier League resisted this until due to fears of falling numbers of away fans affecting the spectacle and making overseas TV rights potentially less profitable and tougher to sell, did introduce a cap in 2016.
Rather than the £20 limit though, the Premier League voted in a maximum price for away tickets of £30.
Not brilliant but better than nothing.
However, now France are set to show just how extortionate even that £30 limit is.
The LFP (France’s Professional Football League) board are now going to vote (on 6 June) on a maximum price for away tickets at Ligue 1 games.
A €10 (£8.76) maximum price for away tickets is set to be voted through, starting from next season.
As for France’s second tier Ligue 2 matches, the proposal is for away fans to pay no more than €5 (£4.38).
The Premier League recently voted to continue the £30 limit on away tickets for another three seasons.
Ticket prices are ridiculous in England and when you factor in the fact that the Premier League has sold its soul to the TV companies far beyond other European leagues, it makes it even worse.
Next season there are going to be even more Premier League matches shown live, the most ever, with even more impact on fans, especially away supporters.
Take Newcastle United for example and the way their travelling fans were affected last season.
After the turn of the year, Newcastle had nine Premier League away matches.
The kick-off times were Friday 8pm (one game), Saturday 12.30pm (one game), Saturday 3pm (one game), Saturday 5.30pm (three games), Sunday 3pm (one game) and Monday 8pm (two games).
Only one NUFC PL away match in 2019 played at 3pm on a Saturday and that was away at Bournemouth!
Last summer, Mike Ashley raised ticket prices in all four stands, with fans having to pay up to 20% more for season tickets compared to the season before.
This all at a time when there has never been more money flooding into English top tier football.
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