London – Football fans in England are considering a mass walkout in protest at rising Premier League ticket prices, the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday, AFP reports. An estimated 10,000 Liverpool supporters left Anfield in the 77th minute of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland in protest over plans to introduce a most expensive match ticket of Â£77 ($112, 99 euros).
The Football Supporters Federation (FSF), which represents fans in England and Wales, said it would convene a meeting to discuss coordinated action, including a simultaneous fan walkout at top-flight fixtures. “The FSF will be convening a meeting of representatives of supporters’ organisations across the Premier League to discuss the next steps in the campaign,” FSF chief executive Kevin Miles told the Telegraph.
“There are a number of options. The Liverpool walkout very successfully highlighted the whole issue of the affordability of football and the clubs need to be made to listen.” Supporters in England are angry that ticket prices are rising at a time when Premier League clubs stand to receive a windfall of around Â£8 billion from new television rights deals.
Liverpool cancelled plans to hold a question-and-answer session for fans with chief executive Ian Ayre on Monday, but the club said they would revisit the matter. The club’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, said that “everyone in the club has a big interest in finding a solution for this”.
Liverpool great Jamie Carragher joined in with the walkout at Anfield on Saturday and was pictured on social media posing with a fan outside the ground. Meanwhile, former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer used his role on the BBC’s flagship ‘Match of the Day’ highlights programme to condemn clubs for raising prices.