Football

Devilish prices, angry fans

Manchester United fans are planning to protest against being asked to pay £71 ($143) per ticket for their Europa League away match against Danish champions Midtjylland tomorrow morning (Singapore time), British media reported yesterday.

Southampton fans paid £22 for tickets when their team travelled to Midtjylland in the play-off round in August and United supporters will display banners to indicate their dissatisfaction.

One United fan, Thomas Kearney, plans to unfurl a banner at the stadium with the words "WELCOME TO SCAMDINAVIA" on it.

"Seventy-one pounds to watch a Europa League match is extortionate," Andy Mitten, editor of the United We Stand fanzine, said.

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"The combined cost of all three tickets for Manchester United's Champions League away games was only £75. Do they think United fans are three times wealthier than Southampton fans?"

Midtjylland director Cliff Crown, however, defended the price.

"We are only a small club in small region of Denmark and this is our cup final, so we have to make the most of our opportunity," he told Talksport yesterday.

The Danish club's chief executive, Claus Steinlein, also insisted that the price was fair.

"If you look at supply and demand, perhaps, the price should have been even higher," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"That's the cost of watching a game like this. So I actually believe that we have been very fair and we certainly haven't had any problems selling the tickets."

- Reuters.

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