Before Manchester United and Sevilla clash on the pitch in the last-16 of the Champions League next month, the clubs have clashed off it.
United and Sevilla have entered a dispute over match ticket pricing and allocation ahead of the meeting which has seen both clubs take drastic measures.
The first-leg of the tie will see United travel to Seville and the La Liga side have come in for criticism as a result of what they are charging the travelling Manchester support. Whereas Liverpool met Sevilla in the group stage of this season’s Champions League and their travelling support were charged £54 each for a match ticket, the visiting Man United supporters are being asked to fork out £89 each.
Manchester United brass have responded by subsidising the £35 difference for every fan who has bought a ticket.
Fantastic response from Man United regarding Sevilla away ticket pricing. pic.twitter.com/ke62mgf1vD
— Manchester United Tickets (@ManUtdSpares) January 10, 2018
In addition, United even retaliated against Sevilla by increasing the ticket price for their travelling fans for the second-leg at Old Trafford to the same asking price of £89 (€101) and allocated just 2,995 tickets for the visiting Sevilla support. UEFA rules stipulate that at least 5% of a stadium capacity’s should be available to visiting supporters, yet Sevilla claim United have not offered them the appropriate 3,800 match tickets.
CLUB STATEMENT | #SevillaFC allocated 2,995 tickets for Old Trafford
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 10, 2018
The Spanish club released a statement which included the following:
“Sevilla will be in contact with UEFA over both Manchester United’s failure to make five per cent of tickets available to away fans, as well as the club’s price increase after a formal application for an away allocation.
“Sevilla will also look to guarantee that no Sevillista pays a penny more than any Manchester United fan for similar tickets – as competition regulations dictate.”
Manchester United Supporters Trust released this statement via Twitter on the matter:
M.U.S.T statement on MUFC response to Sevilla(A) ticket prices: pic.twitter.com/cxHyYVpItK
— M.U.S.T (@MU_ST) January 10, 2018