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13 January 2018, 01:09 | Marlene Fleming
The Spanish club sparked fury after setting ‘exorbitant’ prices last month for the last-16 tie
Manchester United are to refund part of the £89 ($120) ticket price their fans are having to pay to attend the Champions League last 16 first leg match with Sevilla in Spain, the English club announced on Wednesday.
In addition, to ease the financial strain on their own supporters, Manchester United will use the proceeds of those ticket sales to subsidise those who have bought tickets to the away leg.
The Daily Mail report that Sevilla had allocated 2450 tickets for United fans at €100 and another additional 200 tickets set at €150 but given what Manchester United have chose to do with regards to subsidising their own fans tickets, a ticket will cost around €60.
In a letter to fans, Manchester United say they hope their actions will stop other clubs trying to rip off travelling supporters. "Therefore, we have taken the hard decision to charge Sevilla fans the same amount as our fans have been charged for the away fixture".
"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".
"We will use this increase to subsidise our fans, as we want this to act as a deterrent to future opponents who look to increase ticket prices for our travelling supporters".
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Andy Mitten - editor of the United We Stand fanzine - said he had received over 100 messages from Sevilla fans expressing their disapproval at the club's stance.
The £89 ticket was found to be the most expensive non-final or semi-final ticket offered to United's travelling support in the club's European history, with Manchester United Supporters' Trust at the time describing the charge as "exorbitant".
"We have been working with the club since the ridiculous £89 price was known to ensure our fans didn't end up paying this much".
'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.
In an email to ticket holders for that game, Manchester United explained they would be refunding to them 35 pounds.
United are being very sound on one hand but did they really need to hike the Sevilla fans' tickets to fund it?
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