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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 September 2014

Football fans angry at prices

At a pre-season football fans' protest in London, Liverpool FC supporters held a banner saying 'Football is nothing without supporters'.

Groups supporting Chelsea, Arsenal, QPR, Stoke City, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Aston Villa, West Ham, Bradford City, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and others came along to march to the FA HQ.

Big money passes hands to owners of clubs promoted to the Premier League, some players argue for £25,000 a week in the bottom half of the Premier League. Some owners seem to use the money as a slush fund for their other businesses.

But these supporters saw themselves as getting a raw deal. A banner at the protest displayed costs of ticket prices. Online Arsenal tickets cost £65 while TV reports say West Ham are more expensive than Manchester City or Chelsea.

Yet in top European football, in the Bundesliga in Germany, tickets were on average £22. English fans could have a weekend holiday there and spend little more than they pay for a match in England.

Many loyal supporters are excluded from the game as wages in Britain don't even keep up with inflation.

TV deals are huge. One football supporter said: "Football clubs could pay supporters to watch the game while still having money to invest". Fans will have a lot to ponder this season in the less exciting periods of play.

Gooners supporter

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In The Socialist 3 September 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Stop the Con-Dems destroying our NHS!

Pre-election Britain - crisis brewing on all fronts

Rotherham: Council and police cover up abuse

Democratic rights attack under 'fighting terror' guise

Clacton Tory MP defects to Ukip

Them & Us


Socialist Party youth and students

Fourfold rise in youth on poverty pay

Fast Food Rights: ‘Get the pink T-shirt lady out of here!’

Join the fight for free education and student grants!

Wales: Save the Financial Contingency Fund


International socialist news and analysis

Ukraine conflict ratchets up the international crisis

Tamil Solidarity Day - building unity to fight oppression


Socialist Party workplace news

Strike to save the NHS

Council proposes worst cuts in living memory

Romford sparks victory over 'umbrella' scheme

Teachers want action from their trade union

Care UK workers continue fight for decent pay

Ritzy cinema workers continue living wage struggle

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Victory for disabled transport campaign

New member thirsts for knowledge

Protesting against police racism

Solidarity Street

Fighting Huddersfield library cuts

Anti-racist day of action: 18 September

Rally for history's longest strike


The Socialist readers' comments

Planning, not competition, to meet our transport needs

Challenging Ukip's lies

Football fans angry at prices


 

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