Liverpool ticket price U-turn by FSG delights Jamie Carragher
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has expressed his "pride" after the actions of the club's fans led to a U-turn on ticket prices at Anfield.
On Wednesday, Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group (FSG) apologised "for the distress caused by our ticket pricing plan for the 2016-17 season" and announced general admission ticket prices at Anfield will be frozen for next two seasons after Saturday's mass walkout.
Principal owner and John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner were reported to be shocked at the sight of an estimated 10,000 fans walking out of Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland in the 77th minute in protest at increases next season which included a new £77 ($112) match ticket and the club's first £1,000 ($1,454) season ticket.
Carragher, who made 508 Premier League appearances for the Reds, joined Liverpool supporters' walkout at the weekend because clubs are "not looking after those closest to them."
Great decision by the club & great news for the fans! https://t.co/IANegwnYXo- Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 10, 2016
Reacting to FSG's announcement, the ex-England international wrote in the Daily Mail: "Pride: it's the one thing we all want as supporters. Put results and performances to one side and what truly matters is having faith in the club you follow.
"So when I heard that Liverpool's owners had taken the decision to freeze ticket prices for the next two seasons, as well as apologising for the idea of wanting to sell seats for £77, I felt proud of my club once again.
"The supporters started something big on Saturday when walking out of Anfield in the 77th minute and things snowballed to such an extent that Fenway Sports Group realised they had to make urgent corrections.
"It wasn't nice to see but they were standing up for fans across the country, not just themselves. Nobody wants to see stadiums emptying on a regular basis and hopefully that prospect has now finished.
"Rarely in life do you find people who will admit they have got something wrong, so it was bold of FSG to hold their hands up and apologise.
"My hope now is that Liverpool have created another snowball, one that takes in the rest of the Premier League. What an advert it would be if there was now a unanimous decision among all clubs to review ticket prices. Then we would all have reason to feel proud."