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Premier League ticket prices spark fury

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England's Football Supporters Federation (FSF) has joined Liverpool fans' growing anger at rising ticket prices. After 10,000 fans walked out of Anfield in protest on Saturday, the organisation says the movement could spread to all Premier League games.

The FSF, which represents fans in England and Wales, will hold a meeting to discuss what action to take, and could possibly call for simultaneous fan walkouts at the biggest Premier League games.

Liverpool’s plans to introduce 100-euro tickets next season have met with outrage, as well as the planned rise in season ticket prices, which could reach up to 1,300 euros next season.

Still, they're not the most expensive the Premier League.

Arsenal’s priciest seats can cost up to 130 euros, with some season tickets costing up to 2,500 euros.

Supporters are especially outraged as Premier League clubs stand to receive a record 10 billion euros from new television rights deals.

The Football Supporters’ Federation says the clubs’ new financial weight could enable them to ease the burden on local fans.

An estimated 10,000 fans walked out of Anfield in protest during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.

Fans left the stadium in 77th minute, in protest at the £77-a-seat in the new main stand season.

The Reds were 2-0 up prior to the walk-out, before Sunderland scored twice in the last ten minutes.

To make matters worse for the club, their iconic former midfielder Jamie Carragher showed his solidarity with the fans by joining the walkout, before stopping to have his picture taken with the protesters.

He was not the only Liverpool legend keen to get involved.

Roy Evans, who coached the team for four years in the 1990s, tweeted:

“Liverpool fans have every right to protest today. They've always stood up for what they believe in. LFC wouldn't be what it is without them.”

In response, Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group held a meeting with the club’s senior management on Sunday, but no decision has been taken to revise ticket prices ahead of next season.

As Liverpool prepared for their FA Cup replay against West Ham on Tuesday, head coach Jurgen Klopp urged the club to find a solution, and expressed his disappointment:

“It’s my problem too”, he said. “What I know is that everyone at the club has a big interest in finding a solution. We don’t want people leaving the stadium before the game is finished, so of course, when I heard it, I was disappointed.”

Meanwhile the controversy at Liverpool FC is already spreading throughout the country.

The FSF launched a “Twenty is Plenty” campaign in 2013, to push for a £20 cap on away tickets.

But after Premier League clubs failed to back the measure at a meeting last week, it says it plans to speak with the country’s different fan organisations, to decide what further action might be taken.

In an online statement, the federation insisted “supporters will not let them [clubs] off the hook.”
 

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