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Premier League ticket prices defy the very culture that built the game | David Conn

Mon, 28/07/2014 - 16:12

Fans continue to be asked to part with sums that have risen wildly in excess of inflation and the issue unites them

The Football Supporters Federation is calling on fans to join a march on the Premier League and Football League headquarters on 14 August to protest against spiralling ticket prices and demand affordable football for all. This demonstration, setting off from Londons Marble Arch, has become an annual fixture, as clubs have shown no inclination to use their TV rights windfalls to reduce historically inflated ticket prices.

For this forthcoming 2014-15 season, a handful of clubs (see table), including Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion, have frozen ticket prices at the same level as last season. Manchester City, the Premier League champions bankrolled by the Abu Dhabi oil fortune of Sheikh Mansour, stand out with a benevolent £299 cheapest adult season ticket, which bears comparison with prices through footballs history when the sport was built and fondly referred to as the peoples game. Such tickets are limited, however, and prices at the Etihad Stadium go up to a high of £860 while matchday ticket costs, yet to be confirmed, were the target of complaints from some away fans last season.

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Greg Dyke rules out any England bid for a future World Cup

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 12:39
Chairman says world body needs to replace Sepp Blatter
FA walking out of Fifa is not an option at present

England will not bid again to host a World Cup until Fifa and its bidding processes have been reformed, the Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, has said.

Dyke called for an overhaul of world footballs governing body and spelled out the FAs open opposition to Sepp Blatter standing for a fifth term as the Fifa president next year, saying a new president might reform Fifas structure and governance after years of corruption scandals and allegations under Blatter.

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Hillsborough inquest: FA 'did not consider safety' at semi-final grounds

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 22:33
Former FA official says fans' safety was 'outside remit' when choosing stadiums, with previous crush at Hillsborough ignored

The Football Association "was not interested" in the safety of supporters when selecting an appropriate ground to host an FA Cup semi-final, considering other authorities were "more qualified", a former FA official has told the inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters at the 1989 Hillsborough semi-final.

The FA did not ask whether a club had a safety certificate, if it had complied with the Home Office guide to safety at sports grounds, known as the green guide, nor any other questions relating to safety, the FA's former head of competitions and regulations in 1989, Adrian Titcombe, told the inquest.

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