Blair for cheaper Premier League tickets

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants Premier League soccer clubs to lower their ticket prices.

Blair for cheaper Premier League tickets
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British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants Premier League soccer clubs to lower their ticket prices. "Anyone who watches the Premiership can just notice, in the past year or couple of years, the rows of empty seats," Blair said on Tuesday at his monthly news conference. "It's something I do not recall seeing in the same way four or five years back so I think there are very sensible market-based reasons for people to make sure the ticket prices aren't beyond the reach of the ordinary fan. " "It's a decision for them but I think the logic of it is pretty clear." Almost 80 lawmakers have signed a motion protesting ticket prices "beyond the reach of many fans". The Premier League will get a new television contract worth 325 million pounds next season, and lawmakers say clubs should use their share to help cut prices. Bolton has already said it will reduce season ticket prices next season. Chelsea said this month it plans to reduce prices for Champions League and domestic cup matches. The most expensive Premier League ticket for a home Chelsea game is 60 pounds and Manchester United's tickets range from 29 to 50 pounds. Arsenal's tickets range from 46 to 94 pounds at its new Emirates Stadium. By contrast, a ticket for a home game at last-place Watford costs 35 pounds.

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen
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