On the eve of tomorrow’s North London Derby, fans of Arsenal and Tottenham have come together to oppose a common enemy: spiralling ticket prices.
In what may seem like a rare twist of events, supporters of Arsenal and Tottenham have released a joint statement to urge their beloved clubs to adopt their positions over ticket pricing following the announcement of the £8 billion television deal for the next few Premier League seasons.
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association have joined forces with Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust and The Fighting Cock following both clubs’ decision to vote against the proposal to cap away ticket prices at £30 at the February 2016 Premier League shareholders meeting.
All four of the fans’ groups revealed to Standard Sport:
“Organisations representing supporters of both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are making an unprecedented move to speak with one voice on ticket pricing.”
The fans themselves recognise that they “agree about nothing generally in the football world.” The fact that both sets of fans, who despise each other almost all of the time, can come together to oppose the recent price hike demonstrates the reality of this danger which already means that “many can no longer afford to regularly attend the game that they love.”
Highlighting the opportunity of both clubs to address the issue in regard to the broadcasting revenue for upcoming seasons, both sets of fans have proclaimed:
“We back the call of the Football Supporters’ Federation, already supported by a large number of Premier League clubs, for a price cap on tickets for visiting supporters at all Premier League games. We believe that such a cap is the fairest way to reward those supporters who spend much time and money following their clubs all over the country, irrespective of how they choose to travel to games.”
All groups have also stated that they are calling for an increase to the Away Supporters’ Initiative, which already obliges clubs to commit £200,000 to subsidise costs for travelling fans.
Whether the increased revenue gets used to subsidise ticket prices remains to be seen, but with shareholders claiming that such additional revenue will be used in the transfer market, it looks unlikely that Arsenal or Tottenham ticket prices will be reduced for the immediate future.
What is a certainty, however, is that the fact that such hostile fan bases are already coming together means that it is a massive issue for the fans of both clubs over which they are not prepared to back down.
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