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£30 cap extended for three years


Filed: Thursday, 7th February 2019
By: Staff Writer


Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed to continue with the £30 cap on away tickets for the next three years.

At a shareholders' meeting on Thursday all 20 member clubs agreed to persist with the cap, which ensures no travelling supporter will pay more than £30 for a ticket to see their team on the road.

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Confirming the news, a Premier League statement read: "All clubs know the crucial importance of away fans in generating the best possible atmosphere at matches and recognise the additional travel costs often involved when following a team away from home.

"The £30 away-ticket cap was introduced in the 2016/17 season after the successful implementation of the Premier League Away Supporters’ Initiative, where clubs provided a range of measures for their away fans.

"For the last four consecutive seasons, Premier League crowds have reached record levels with 96 per cent of tickets sold.

"This is testament to the compelling football and dedication of fans, and the League is committed to maintaining these high attendances."

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Although the deal was eventually agreed by all, some top six clubs are said to have been initially reluctant to continue with the scheme.

The news was also welcomed by the Football Supporters' Federation, who had been actively campaigning to extend the scheme.

"We welcome the Premier League's recognition of the importance of the £30 away cap and back its decision to keep the cap in place for the coming seasons," said chief executive Kevin Miles.

"We have always argued that away supporter attendance needs to be encouraged if the atmosphere and spectacle of a live football match is to be sustained. There had been a rapid rise in away ticket costs for many supporters and the cap put a halt on that.

"However, we still believe more can be done and we call on the Premier League to look at ways to further reduce concessionary ticket costs and subsidise fans' travel costs when games are moved for TV."





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