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UEFA warn clubs over ticket price rises

Manchester City fans protested last season over Arsenal's high ticket prices. Could UEFA soon take action?

UEFA, European football's governing body, have warned Premier League clubs about raising ticket prices in order to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

Their general secretary Gianni Infantino said: "It is important that the fans are kept on board, they are the only ones who remain loyal throughout their life to the club."

This warning comes as a lot is being done by fan groups to drive down astronomical ticket prices that many fans face at their Premier League clubs.

The Football Supporters Federation has called for a £20 cap on away tickets they hope this will go some way to stopping some fans being priced out of the game they love.

The overall impact of FFP is being widely questioned as spending at some clubs doesn't seemed to have slowed down for instance Monaco, who are owned by a Russian billionaire, have had an almighty spending spree paying £51m on Radamel Falcao alone.

It is worrying that a lot of clubs seem to be continuing to spend whilst finding other ways to get around FFP rules, unfortunately for fans ticket prices could be seen as one area to balance against the spending.

We have seen that the Premier League's ticket prices dwarfs that of the Bundesliga and La Liga the cheapest match day ticket at Bayern Munich, the European Champions, is £12. No ticket to watch a team of similar quality can be found in the Premier League.

It must be said that it is very brave of UEFA to criticise other organisations about ticket pricing when they themselves have tried their very best to out price the true at any final they organise. They dedicate more time to corporate seats than the fans that want to see their team on the big stage.

Look at Chelsea's allocation for the Europa League final in May, just 10,000 tickets were given to the club when they were playing in the Amsterdam ArenA which holds over 50,000 spectators for a match. They definitely can't be seen lecturing other clubs when they treat fans like this.

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