Ticket prices debate

MP calls for fan boycott

October 26, 2012
By ESPN staff

An MP has called on fans to "punish" their clubs by boycotting a game in protest at high ticket prices.

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The increase in ticket prices across the Premier League and Football League has been well documented recently, with the price of the cheapest average adult ticket in English football having risen by 11.7% over the last 12 months.

In a response to these increases, Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale in Cumbria, has tabled a motion in the House of Commons as well as calling for a fan boycott.

"I'd like to see people switch their allegiance to non-league clubs for at least one weekend," he told BBC Sport. "I would like to see a day of action where people punish their League club by going to watch a non-league club.

"I'm not asking people to dump their club. I think fans should write a letter to their chairman, telling them why they are going to watch the other club."

Farron's Early Day Motion is unlikely to be debated by MPs but is instead designed to attract attention to the issue.

A Premier League spokesman declined to comment on Farron's suggestion.

The Football Supporters' Federation, which represents about 250,000 fans in England and Wales, recently warned that clubs were risking alienating supporters unless they lowered ticket prices.

Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the federation, believes a national boycott would be difficult to organise.

"We would be happy to discuss Mr Farron's idea of a national boycott although it's unclear how feasible that would be," he said. "Meanwhile, we would strongly urge those supporters who can't or won't pay over-the-top prices to consider the idea of watching non-league football."