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Manchester United And Sevilla Involved In Match Tickets Dispute Ahead Of Champions League Tie

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: General View prior to the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and CFR 1907 Cluj at Old Trafford on December 5, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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:

 

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