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£32 a ticket? That's a Riverside rip-off!

Wolves fans have hit out at being charged £32 a ticket for their televised match away to Middlesbrough next month, labelling the cost 'ridiculous' and 'a disgrace'.

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The 346-mile round trip – moved to a Friday, 7.45pm kick-off on March 4 by Sky Sports – is one of the longest of the season for Wolves fans.

To travel on an official Wolves supporters' coach they will also have to fork out £25 – which is £3 more than for the same fixture last season – adding up to a £57 ticket total before other expenses are taken into account.

The £32 match ticket is £1 higher than last season's league fixture at the Riverside, and more than double what fans had to pay for the two teams' Capital One Cup clash at Middlesbrough in September, when the north-east club ran a one-off £15 ticket promotion.

The cost is also £9 dearer than ticket prices for Wolves' two away fixtures before the Middlesbrough game, at Huddersfield and Brentford.

Neil Dady, a Wolves season ticket holder, said: "Football is nothing without supporters – £ 32 for any away fixture in the Championship is a disgrace, compounded by the fact that the game is on TV and is scheduled for a Friday night. I would call on Wolves fans to boycott this game and enjoy it in the pub."

Wolves supporter Paul Walker tweeted to say "Some people don't earn the cost of that game in day's pay. Plus Friday night – another example of not thinking of the fans

Fellow Wolves fan James Cooper added: "The fact that not much fuss is being made about it says much about how we've just become accustomed to being ripped off."

Harry Whittingham termed the cost as ridiculous, saying: "Considering our season is dead, it's on a Friday night, it's on the telly and we'll probably lose, that's ridiculous."

And Rob Morris said: "Why pay £57 and take time off work when the game's on TV? Televised matches should be cheaper to get fans in the ground."

Wolves ticketing boss Lynne O'Reardon said: "Tickets for our away fixtures are always set by the home club and are outside Wolves' control.

"However, we are always talking to our counterparts at other Clubs and advocating the sort of reasonable pricing seen at Molineux.

"As a comparison, our adult tickets behind the goal are £24 each and the maximum adult price within Molineux is £30 in the Billy Wright Stand Upper Tier.

"The price for travel is set by us, and within that supporters are transported directly from Molineux to as near as possible to the away turnstiles.

"It has increased by £3 from last season, as our coach providers have increased their prices for this season.

"However, given it is now an evening fixture requiring longer driver hours, the price could have been increased further but we are grateful to the coach providers for agreeing to waive the additional charge."

Middlesbrough declined to comment.

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