Manchester United hit back in Sevilla ticket row with tit-for-tat pricing policy

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Man Utd have responded to the Sevilla ticket scandal in the perfect way
A view of Old Trafford (Getty)

Manchester United have responded to their Champions League ticketing row with Sevilla by increasing prices for the Spanish side’s supporters.

The Red Devils were incensed when it emerged that Manchester United fans travelling to their Round of 16 tie at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium would be charged £89 for a seat.

The pricing policy from the La Liga outfit was considered unfair considering Liverpool fans were charged £54 for tickets to the same venue during the group stage of the tournament.

Manchester United entered a dialogue with their Spanish counterparts but were unable to get them to lower their prices – with a handful of top-tier tickets costing £133.

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Man Utd have responded to the Sevilla ticket scandal in the perfect way
A view outside the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium (Getty)

In response, Manchester United have increased the prices they will charge Sevilla fans coming to Old Trafford for the second-leg. The visitors to the Theatre of Dreams will be charged the same price as Manchester United fans are being asked.

In addition, to ease the financial strain on their own supporters, Manchester United will use the proceeds of those ticket sales to subsidise those who have bought tickets to the away leg. The club will refund each fan £35, effectively bringing the cost down to the £54 paid by Liverpool fans, while any additional revenue generated will go to charity.

Man Utd have responded to the Sevilla ticket scandal in the perfect way
Sevilla fans will now have to pay more (Getty)

In a letter to fans, Manchester United say they hope their actions will stop other clubs trying to rip off travelling supporters.

The letter read: ‘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.’

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The first-leg of the Round of 16 tie takes place in Sevilla on Wednesday 21 February, with the second-leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday 13 March.

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