The fans cried and The Football Association listened.
High priced match tickets has sparked widespread debate not only in England, but in Germany as well.
Borussia Dortmund fans display banner in protest of price tickets.
Fans voiced their concern to the FA after some tickets were priced as high as £77.
This new era of football, that is purely driven by money is unfamiliar to the older generation of football supporters.
According to a survey in the Daily Mail, 22 per cent of fans at top-flight football games in England in 1983 were under 16, but by 2013 the number had declined to just 9 per cent. The average age of a fan attending games in the Premier League in 2011/12 was 41.
A survey conducted by the Daily Mail found that in 1983- 22 percent of fans in England’s top tier of football were under the age of 16.
In 2013 that number dropped to a measly nine percent. The average age of fans attending the Premier League in 2011/12 was 41.
An Arsenal fan
found that the average cost of a ticket at their old ground Highbury was £10.50 in 1992/93, whereas the average cost for one at Emirates Stadium was reported to be £45.69
Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham- worst culprits for high priced tickets
It’s a serious issue that was prolonged for too long by clubs and the FA.
The most recent documented protest was from Liverpool, which saw serious pressure placed on their owners FSG Group.
Liverpool fans staged a 77th minute walkout, due to the ridiculous prices of tickets and it sparked immediate change.
In response FSG agreed they would re-evaluate the ticket prices and determine a suitable solution.
Sunderland has been another club to address the ticket issue, dropping single match ticket prices to £18 for next season if they stay survive relegation.
West Ham also jumped on the bandwagon announcing they will discount the price of tickets for the 2016/17 season after the new
£5.13bn Premier League’s television deal.
In hindsight, the great change that we have seen this year has seen the FA respond, which is ground-breaking for young premier league fans.
The FA announced that semi-final tickets for the FA Cup would start at
£45 for the final.
Football is and always will be a game for the fans.
By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)