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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Blue Union at Premier League Headquarters

Members of the Blue Union, including members of KEIOC, were in London yesterday to attend a demonstration by fans from Leicester, Manchester,  Merseyside, London clubs West Ham United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and many others around the country, against Premier League ticket prices on the day the new fixture lists were announced.

Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, spent over an hour with a delegation of fans which included Football Supporters Federation chief executive Kevin Miles who later said, “From the Premier League we encountered some sympathy, a restatement of their commitment to price-stretching, and an acknowledgement that local support is important.”

With attendances already dropping by 9%, and an acknowledgement that to improve atmosphere there is a need to encourage more fans to be at live games, particularly away fans, it is believed that the Football Supporters Federation is pushing on something of an open door.

Since 1989, ticket prices in the premier league have risen by an astonishing 716%.  Many ordinary people have been priced out of the game in an age when billions upon billions of pounds has been injected into the game, a game which its paymasters, Sky TV, are heavily reliant on fans to create the atmosphere at Premier League matches which they convey around the world.

You can read about the demonstration here and watch videos here or by clicking the main picture.

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