Furious Albion fans were today threatening to boycott the Easter Monday clash at Manchester City after being asked to stump up £56 for a ticket.
The eye-watering price for the televised Premier League showdown has sparked anger among Baggies supporters – especially after City recently made a point of complaining about soaring ticket costs.
City fans were up in arms last year when they were charged £62 for a ticket at Arsenal but – despite a vow from Premier League chiefs that costs would come down – many Albion fans were today pondering turning their backs on the match. Supporters vented their anger on Twitter, calling for a boycott after costs rose 25 per cent from last season’s Etihad fixture.
When faced with a price of £62 for the Arsenal game last season, City returned 912 unsold tickets for the match at the Emirates Stadium.
City fans regularly hold up signs during matches which read: “Don’t price us out of our game or lose more fans.”
John Homer, chairman of the official Albion Supporters Club, today said: “It’s shameful. I’m not speaking as a supporters club chairman now, I am speaking as a fan. £56 for the price of admission plus travel costs and perhaps a family member too – and all for a game that is being televised live on TV.
“Fans are furious. I would never actively urge anyone to boycott a game but I think plenty will on this occasion. Maybe Manchester City, one of the wealthiest clubs in the world, need the money.
“This is really too much. Supporters are a vital part of the game and to exploit them like this is shameful.”
Premier League chief Richard Scudamore said: “Absolutely top of our aims and objectives is to keep attendances full.
“The clubs absolutely know where the Premier League stands on this. We want full stadia.”
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