Champions League: Man Utd To Subsidise €120 Barcelona Quarter-Final Tickets For Fans Travelling To Camp Nou (By Hiking Prices For First Leg At Old Trafford)

Chris Wright

21st, March 2019


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Manchester United are planning to subside fans travelling for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final, after Barcelona announced that they would be charging €120 (around £100) for tickets.

Barca do a roaring trade in ‘tourist’ tickets and inflated prices are the norm at Camp Nou, but United are hoping to alleviate some of the expense by indulging in a little tit-for-tat for the first leg at Old Trafford.

As reported by football scribe and United fan Andy Mitten, the Premier League side are planning to offset the cost by ramping up the price of their own tickets in retaliation.

A statement then appeared on United’s official site confirming that a “difficult decision” had been made to stage their pricing ploy:

In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are again being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club.

We have again taken the difficult decision to charge Barcelona fans for the home leg at Old Trafford the same amount that Barcelona are charging for the away fixture (£102).

We will use the additional revenue gained from this to subsidise our travelling support by paying the £27 price difference for each of our travelling supporters.

We’re not entirely sure this is the most healthy way forward as Barca’s travelling supporters are now being punished too, but it’s probably all United could do for their own fans given the unfavourable circumstances they found themselves in.

Doesn’t mask the fact that £75 is still absolutely exorbitant either, but that’s a different grumble for another time.

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  1. Hank Moody says:

    Well done, United. They need to think about their fans and not Barcelona’s. It’s hard t find a Barca fan anyway, they’re just tourists.

  2. maria says:

    I wonder why they’d do this. What’s the away allocation? A couple of thousand? The difference in charging €40 – €50 more per ticket is a drop in the bucket for their revenue. It’s not worth the bad PR.

    @Hank. Come to Barcelona and meet some Barcelonians. Yes lots of tourists go to games and if you yourself are a tourist that’s who you’ll meet. I know loads of actual fans, many that pay the yearly membership (different to season ticket).

    • Hank Moody says:

      @maria It would be nice to see the Camp Nou, as tourist or not :)

      • Chris Wright says:

        Would definitely recommend it. Went as a ‘tourist’ and sat up in the nosebleeds, the row below the Rayo Vallecano fans who did not singing all night despite being about a mile-and-a-half from the pitch.

    • Nuno says:

      No idea what you mean by “bad PR”. As a neutral fan, this sounds good to me on ManU part, make the Barça fans pay what they make others pay. This is ridiculous pricing on their part and surely Barca won’t get much sympathy from almost any other club.

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