Barcelona vs Manchester United : On Tuesday, Manchester United will travel to Barcelona for the second leg of its Champions League quarterfinal tie after losing the opener 1-0. Barcelona have a golden opportunity to bury their Champions League quarter-final demons on Tuesday night against Manchester United.
For many football fans, the opportunity to watch their team take on Barcelona at Camp Nou is a bucket list dream.
Just don’t expect the dream to come cheap. Whether it be Barcelona, Madrid, London or Paris, the cost of football and ticket prices in particular, is generating more and more criticism.
On Tuesday, Manchester United will travel to Barcelona for the second leg of its Champions League quarterfinal tie after losing the opener 1-0 last week.
The two clubs became embroiled in a row over ticket prices soon after the draw for the last eight was made last month with United furious that its fans were being charged £102 ($134), claiming they “are again being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club.”
In a statement published on its website, United confirmed it had taken the “difficult decision” to charge Barcelona supporters the same price instead of the normal £75 ($98) it charges.
United said it would use the additional £27 to subsidize its own supporters traveling to Spain for the second leg as it did for games against Valencia in the group stage, and against Sevilla last season. United has been given 4,160 tickets for the tie.
A spokesman for Barcelona told CNN that ticket prices for the United game had not been increased and that the price would have been the same for any opponent in the quarterfinal. The spokesman added that at no point did United ask for ticket prices to be reduced.
He also underlined the club’s low season ticket prices, which includes Champions League games. Many clubs make fans pay for Champions League games on top of their regular season tickets.
As of Friday April 12, there were still tickets being sold on Barcelona’s official site with the cheapest priced at €159 ($180). The most expensive ticket available was set at €3,290 ($3,723) which includes access to the premium lounge and catering, according to the description on the website.
Duncan Drasdo, chief executive of Manchester United Fans Trust, wants to see a cap on ticket prices for away fans in European competition, similar to the £30 limit imposed upon clubs by the English Premier League. “The cap works pretty well in the Premier League, as long as ticket allocations are defended,” Drasdo told CNN.
“The Premier League has recognized that as an away fan you are not a customer of the home club and so you’re ripe for exploitation.
“The home club shouldn’t be completely free to set ticket prices at any level it wishes.”