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Premier League urged to cut away prices

A supporters' organisation has called on Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore to consider a range of proposals intended to cut the cost of top-flight away match tickets.

Supporters Direct has written to Scudamore with a list of suggestions it wants him to bring up at the next Premier League meeting on Thursday.

The organisation wants to find ways of tackling the increasing cost of attending an away match - a cost it says is becoming "prohibitive".

It wants to see the price clubs are able to charge away fans being no greater than the lowest price paid by home supporters.

"We believe that action must be taken by the Premier League and its clubs collectively to preserve the significant benefits to the game that away fan culture brings," David Lampitt, the Supporters Direct chief executive, wrote to Scudamore.

"We are keen to ensure that the nature and importance of this contribution is appropriately recognised and rewarded, particularly given the economic hardship that many ordinary fans are enduring."

Supporters Direct wants the Premier League to consider the possibility of ticket prices being subsidised by a commercial sponsor and of free tickets to be given to children.

In January, Manchester City returned almost a third of their allocation of tickets for a Premier League clash at Arsenal after supporters refused to pay the £62 price.

City were given an allocation of 3,000 tickets, but 912 were sent back while fans who did attend displayed banners protesting at the amount they were being charged to see their team play in North London.

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