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

Manchester United have raised ticket prices for Sevilla fans by 35 pounds ($47) for the Champions League last 16 tie at Old Trafford to subsidise the cost of their supporters' trip to Spain for the first leg.

The two clubs have been engaged in a price war over tickets.

Liverpool fans were charged £54 by the Spanish club in the group stage earlier in the competition, and United had been locked in negotiations to bring the price their fans will pay down to a similar figure.

They will use the extra money generated to refund United fans heading to the game in Spain - now £35-a-head, in line with Sevilla's £54 tickets for their clash against Liverpool in the group stage - and promised any extra cash to the Manchester United Foundation.

'In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are unfairly being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club.

Manchester United said they would donate any additional revenue gained to the club's charity foundation.

Jose Mourinho's side travel to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Wednesday February 21st, before the second leg in Manchester on March 13th.

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In a letter to fans, Manchester United say they hope their actions will stop other clubs trying to rip off travelling supporters.

"Our primary objective was to ensure our fans didn't end up paying this much".

A Manchester United spokesman told Reuters: "We are aware of the regulations regarding equal pricing for home and away fans and we will comply".

'Further to our recent confirmation that you were successful for the Sevilla away game, we wanted to inform you of a change in what you will be charged for this game.

The £89 (€100) minimum price is significantly more than that paid by Liverpool fans in November, who were charged £54 (€60) to watch their side take on the Andalusians in the competition's group stages.

It's not done there however with Sevilla saying they will also pay the difference to their fans as well as report the English giants to UEFA for not offering the mandatory 5% of tickets for away fans required for UEFA games, as United are only offering 4.1% of Old Trafford's capacity. "We welcome UEFA's willingness to discuss these issues".


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