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QPR fans call for price reduction

April 29, 2013
By ESPN staff

Queens Park Rangers are under pressure from a supporters' group to reduce the price of season tickets following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Tony Fernandes QPR fan handshake
PA PhotosTony Fernandes reduced QPR ticket prices when he took over at the club

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Rangers were demoted to the Championship with four games to spare following a 0-0 draw against Reading on Sunday.

Current season ticket prices span from £499 to 949 while, in comparison, fellow London side Millwall charge just £249 for the same period of time. That has led the QPR1st group's chair, Stephen Dedridge, to call for a rescaling of the pricing structure at the club.

He was quoted as saying on the ITV website: "If we were paying what we are now we would be paying over the odds so we would like a reduction. We have been discussing with the board what they might do regarding season ticket prices and we are just hoping the board will appreciate they need to incentivise the fans to keep their interest.

"A lot of us will still go providing that the club respects our loyalty. If what they charge us is comparable to what other clubs pay that will be a big step forward. People will come providing that the club isn't expecting them to pay for the horrendous mistakes it has made."

QPR owner Tony Fernandes reduced ticket prices upon his purchase of the club in August 2011 and Dedridge believes another agreement will be reached after claiming that the club has approached a number of supporters' groups in recent weeks to gauge fan feeling.

Rangers face Champions League-chasing Arsenal in their next Premier League game but Dedridge doesn't expect there to be a negative reaction to the team, despite relegation being confirmed.

He said: "I don't think there will be boos. The fans are just tired of the season. They just want it to be over. They are too tired to be angry."

And Dedridge also expects there to be no backlash towards defender Jose Bosingwa, who has come in for criticism after being seen smiling after the game against Reading.

He said: "I suspect they won't really care (about Bosingwa). There isn't an intensity around people's emotions at the moment. People are just a bit numb. I wouldn't single him out. He just got caught out. I think that's irrelevant."