Ticket prices reached a level at which fans have simply refused to buy them. As result of a vote among away travellers of Manchester City, Arsenal will receive 900 tickets back.
As SportingLife.com reports, this may be a symbolic moment for English football. Manchester City have sent back over 900 tickets for Sunday's game at Arsenal after supporters elected not to pay £62 to attend. The price representing over double of what fans pay for cheapest seats at Etihad Stadium was voted to be beyond reason.
Such expensive away tickets are impossible to find anywhere else in Europe and Manchester City fans are just now discovering what it means to become a top club, resulting in away games being treated as 'top category' fixtures and thus – priced way higher than regular encounters.
"This business of categorising matches is blatantly unfair. Just because Manchester City have a lot of money doesn't mean their supporters have, and the same is true of the other teams who get charged the highest prices every time they play”, says Dr Malcolme Clarke, head of Football Supporters Federation.
"I know the clubs make the argument of needing the money to attract the biggest stars but I think I know what even Manchester City fans - with their large and enthusiastic following - would go for if they were given the choice of lower ticket prices or slightly worse players than they have now”.
Clarke reminds club officials that constantly increasing average age of spectators doesn't only mean football is attracting wealthier social groups. This also means that young people aren't catching the passion of matchdays as they're simply priced out of football.
Ticket prices have been growing in England since the reforms of 1990s, with a pace of even 400% over a decade. Despite Premier League already being the world's most expensive for match-goers, tickets are still becoming more expensive with pace exceeding that of overall price inflation.
Ironically, Lord Taylor, whose report triggered changes in English football, emphesised in his famous Report that tickets inside all-seater stadia should be kept within reasonable pricing limits to allow various social groups to participate.