Manchester United hit back at Sevilla as ticket row continues

The Spanish club sparked fury after setting ‘exorbitant’ prices last month for the last-16 tie

But Sevilla have reacted angrily to United's move, and instead of agreeing to reduce prices for travelling fans from England they have now said they will subsidise costs for their own supporters going to Old Trafford for the second leg.

Whereas Liverpool met Sevilla in the group stage of this season's Champions League and their travelling support were charged £54 each for a match ticket, the visiting Man United supporters are being asked to fork out £89 each.

Sevilla were accused of setting "exorbitant" prices when it emerged they would be charging United fans at least £89 for the game.

Manchester United brass have responded by subsidising the £35 difference for every fan who has bought a ticket.

Sevilla were heavily criticised in December when it was revealed that United supporters travelling to the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on 21 February would be forced to pay between £89 and £133 for a ticket in the away end.

"This has been raised with Sevilla, and internally, but ultimately Sevilla have not agreed to significantly lower the price of tickets for our fans", he added.


"On top of that we will make UEFA aware that five per cent of the stadium is not being made available (to our fans) and the unilateral price rise - after the official request for tickets (from Sevilla) - as well as asking them to verify that Sevilla fans do not pay a penny more than British fans for similar tickets, as per the competition regulations".

The Spanish club disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Sevilla have threatened to report Manchester United to UEFA as part of the furious ticket row between the Champions League rivals. The club will then use the €40 difference per ticket they stand to earn to subsidise their own fans travelling down to Sevilla for the return.

"Sevilla will inform UEFA that United have not complied with the rule that away teams are offered 5 per cent of the capacity in tickets, only offering 4.1 per cent".

United complained that Sevilla had unjustly bumped up their ticket price and, after failing to reason with their opponents, elected to match their £89 fee for away fans. "We welcome UEFA's willingness to discuss these issues".

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