Wednesday, March 05, 2014

United fans threaten revolt

Manchester United face a fans revolt if they try to charge Champions League prices for Europa League games next season.

Out of 800 supporters surveyed by the Manchester United Supporters Trust, 73.5 per cent said that the decision to renew their season tickets would definitely be affected if the club includes Europa League ties in its controversial Automatic Cup Scheme.

Another 17.2 per cent said it may have an impact on their decision.

Under the terms of the scheme, season ticket holders are required to buy tickets for Champions League and FA Cup ties.

Previously, failure to do so resulted in the season ticket being revoked without a refund, but now it triggers a one-game Premier League ‘suspension’.

United had written to season ticket holders warning that they would be excluded from the Manchester derby later this month if they did not buy a ticket for the second leg of the European tie against Olympiacos.

United did not include Europa League ties in the scheme when they played Ajax and Athletic Bilbao two years ago after failing to progress beyond the Champions League group phase.

But renewal letters sent out to season ticket holders make no reference to a similar exemption or any discounts if United find themselves in the Europa League from the start next season.

That is still far from certain with David Moyes’s side currently lying in seventh place in the Premier League table.

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