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By ESPN Staff

Fans launch petition against 'rip-off' ticket prices

A nationwide fans' group have launched an on-line petition to protest against 'rip-off' ticket prices.

With a growing number of Premiership clubs slashing the price of admission in a bid to attract higher gates, the Football Supporters' Federation have issued a three-point directive they believe all top flight clubs should follow.

Their plans include:

• A League-wide away fans' ticket price of no more than £15.
• A League-mandated freeze on all matchday and season ticket prices
• The use of television facilities fees for broadcast games to lower ticket prices to compensate for fixture moves and inconvenient kick-off times.

The organisation, who claim to represent 140,000 members in England and Wales, believe their plan would win widespread approval.

And they have noted with disdain the recent comments of Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon that there is no chance of ticket prices being cut at Stamford Bridge because all funds were required for increased salaries.

'Peter Kenyon is reported as saying that the club has no intention of lowering ticket prices as his players will be demanding big pay rises,' said FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke.

'Sorry Peter. Get real. Here on planet Earth most people view professional footballers in the Premier League as being paid enough already.

'Most people would be able to get by on the average salary of a Chelsea first-team squad player.

'Chelsea and every other club in the Premier League are going to receive extra millions in broadcasting income next season. It is time this was shared out with the fans.'