MANCHESTER UNITED have been blasted by Everton fan groups after raising away ticket prices for their FA Cup tie to £45.
The Red Devils will host the Toffees at Old Trafford in the third round on January 6.
The game has also been chosen to be broadcast live on ITV.
Everton have been given an away allocation of 9,000 tickets for the bumper showdown.
However, the cost of them has left them fuming.
And they have now called on both the Football Association and English Football League to follow the Premier League’s example by introducing a price cap for their cup competitions.
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Everton’s supporters groups have come together to release a statement this morning.
It read: “Whilst we appreciate the generous allocation that will allow more than 9,000 Evertonians to support our team at the FA Cup third round tie at Old Trafford in January, we were shocked that Manchester United chose to raise the ticket price for away ticket 150 per cent (£30 to £45) of what the equivalent Premier League fixture would cost.
“The fixture will take place almost a year to the day one of their most prominent footballers was instrumental in raising £200,000 through the ‘Full Time Meals’ campaign (enough to fund 750,000 meals for FareShare) and against the backdrop of a national cost of living crisis.
“Such a pricing policy is a slap in the face to everyone who has campaigned for sensible and affordable ticketing pricing for visiting supporters, a campaign that resulted in the price of away tickets being capped at £30 for Premier League fixtures since the 2016-17 season.
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“Earlier this year, all 20 Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to maintain this cap for the next three seasons, so it will not be revisited until 2025.
“For many years, prices for visiting supporters for FA Cup fixtures had to be agreed by both clubs, but an FA rule change in 2017 has allowed home clubs to charge more or less what they like.
“We’re now calling on the Football Association and English Football League to introduce a similar cap for FA Cup and League Cup fixtures and put the interests of supporters first.”
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