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Who Ate All The Pies? Not the Manchester United fans, that's for sure

103895100_15Manchester United fans are being urged to boycott the traditional half-time pie in protest at the inflated ticket prices they have to pay to attend away matches. The leaders of a campaign to cut ticket prices are telling fellow United fans not to spend any money at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground tomorrow.

The protest organisers want fans to lay-off the pies, programmes and prawn sandwiches as they claim they are being "ripped off" by other Premiership clubs. United fans have paid £45 for tickets for the Fulham match, while fans of rivals Manchester City paid just £25 when their side visited the London club.

Organiser Pete Doyle said: "If a few thousand Reds don't buy a thing or place any bets maybe we can persuade Fulham to reduce their prices to a reasonable level next season. The team we support might be wealthy but it doesn't mean all Manchester United fans are. We have to pay inflated prices everywhere. If other clubs cannot fill their grounds with their own fans it's not down to us to balance their books."

Fulham have defended their pricing policy claiming that all their matches against the Big Four have been rated Grade A+, meaning that home supporters too pay an elevated price. [Via BBC, Rob Parker]

February 23, 2007 in Fulham, Manchester United, News balls | Permalink

Comments

Seems a good idea to me. The categorization of matches has always been strange to me. At Watford you pay more for Man Utd or Chelsea at home (which we're pretty likely to lose) than for Charlton at home, a big 6-pointer with a great chance of winning. I know which game I'd rather be at.

Just so long as all the games are priced down to the lower level.

Posted by: Billyo | Feb 23, 2007 4:29:01 PM

This is economics. The Man United demand is bigger than the Man city demand for tickets while the supply is equal in both events. So to clear the market, prices must be higher in the Fulham vs. United match. At least that is how it works in theory. Experiments and practice show that consumers find it unfair to be treated like this and are willing to punish the other party. And that's what has happened here.

Posted by: T. | Feb 27, 2007 12:24:20 AM

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