Huge Problem For Manchester United Ahead Of Champions League Fixture

Champions League general view.

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The recent ticketing problems between Sevilla and Manchester United have taken a new turn, as the Spanish side is reportedly preparing to report to the UEFA.

Ahead of their Champions League tie this month, both clubs have been quarrelling over tickets, with news emerging earlier that Sevilla would be charging the Mancunian club fans £89 per ticket. The two sides are set to meet next week in Spain for their first-legged Round of 16 encounter.

The issue escalated with Sevilla earlier charging Liverpool fans £54 for their Group Stage game in November. United followed it up by raising the ticket prices being paid by Sevilla fans for the return leg in March, besides subsidising prices for their own faithful.

According to a report in Independent, the row has escalated further, with Sevilla ready to take action by reporting United to UEFA for their alteration of ticket prices.

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The report also adds that the reigning Europa League champions are refusing to allocate at least 5% of Old Trafford seats (which is regulation in the Champions League) due to security risks. This too, has not gone well with Sevilla, and they are planning to complain about the same.

A statement on the Sevilla website reads: “Sevilla FC will subsidise the price increase for club members travelling to Manchester. With this subsidy, the club will guarantee that no club members pay more than the 60 Euros (£53.15) initially specified.

“Sevilla will be in contact with UEFA over both Manchester United’s failure to make five per cent of tickets available to away fans, as well as the club’s price increase after a formal application for an away allocation.

“Sevilla will also look to guarantee that no Sevillista pays a penny more than any Manchester United fan for similar tickets – as competition regulations dictate.”

 

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