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Touts using football resale sites rip off fans and put them at risk

Guardian investigation finds vast numbers of tickets being sold on again despite it being illegalFootball tickets are being touted on resale websites in vast numbers, a Guardian investigation has found, prompting warnings that fans are being ripped off…

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Labour’s Tom Watson calls for more flexible rail ticketing to help away fans

• Shadow sport secretary Tom Watson criticises late changes to fixtures
• ‘When matches are switched for TV it is fans who pay the price’

As the Premier League season gets under way with a highly inconvenient Friday evening kick-off for Leicester in London, the Labour party has called for more flexible rail tickets to make it easier for fans to get to games.

Rail fares are considerably cheaper when booked up to three months in advance but Labour feels it is unfair football supporters are unable to take advantage when the day of their game is switched for television purposes.

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Everton urged to end StubHub ticket partnership by supporters trust

• Trust fears fans can be exploited on the online ticket exchange
• Club urged to seek fairer solution to secondary ticket sales

The Everton Supporters Trust has urged the club to end their partnership with StubHub amid claims fans can be exploited on the online ticket exchange.

Everton have been widely praised for a progressive ticketing policy that has meant season ticket prices are frozen and in some cases reduced for the 2017‑18 campaign. Following consultations with Everton’s Fans’ Forum and Junior Fans’ Forum the club have introduced a new, young adult season ticket for next season costing £380 for those aged 22-24 while its Kids’ season ticket costs £95, the equivalent of £5 per game.

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Everton urged to end StubHub ticket partnership by supporters trust

• Trust fears fans can be exploited on the online ticket exchange
• Club urged to seek fairer solution to secondary ticket sales

The Everton Supporters Trust has urged the club to end their partnership with StubHub amid claims fans can be exploited on the online ticket exchange.

Everton have been widely praised for a progressive ticketing policy that has meant season ticket prices are frozen and in some cases reduced for the 2017‑18 campaign. Following consultations with Everton’s Fans’ Forum and Junior Fans’ Forum the club have introduced a new, young adult season ticket for next season costing £380 for those aged 22-24 while its Kids’ season ticket costs £95, the equivalent of £5 per game.

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Last minute Olympics tickets too good to be true, Which warns

Consumer group warns “secure and transparent” site claiming to have range of tickets for “Rio Olypmic Games” is unlikely to be able to deliver

Consumers scrambling for last minute Olympics tickets are being urged to steer clear of an apparently fraudulent website selling them in breach of official restrictions, amid warnings that they are likely to be denied entry as well as losing their money.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games starts less than two weeks away on 5 August, and consumer group Which? has found a site selling tickets for a wide range of events – including the opening and closing ceremonies – despite not being an authorised ticket source.

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Uefa takes action against Viagogo over illegal Euro 2016 ticket sales

French police raid Bordeaux hotel where staff from online marketplace were handing out tickets for Italy v Germany

European football’s governing body Uefa has filed a criminal complaint against the ticketing website Viagogo for illegal ticket sales at Euro 2016.

Sources in Bordeaux told the Guardian that French police raided the hotel Le Provençal last Saturday, where Viagogo staff had booked a room and were handing out tickets for the game between Italy and Germany.

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Manchester City defend price of £60 tickets for Champions League tie against PSG

• Adult tickets for last-eight tie at Etihad Stadium will start at £45
• ‘We believe the ticket prices are a fair reflection of the profile of the game’

Manchester City have defended charging a top price of £60 for regular tickets for their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

A number of supporters have expressed dissatisfaction at the cost of seats for the second leg of the last-eight clash at the Etihad Stadium on 12 April, which for full-paying adults range from £45-60.

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Belittled fans deserve this goodwill gesture over away ticket prices | Owen Gibson

The move to cap ticket prices at no more than £30 for away fans is such a no-brainer that to applaud it feels an odd thing to do. For once the fans spoke and the clubs finally listened

In a game that has long taken loyalty for granted, those who follow their team away from home have remained bedraggled outliers. Patronised, belittled, taken advantage of, subject to last-minute fixture changes, herded around the country on expensive and unreliable transport networks, given a dreadful view and charged handsomely for the privilege.

They put up with it partly because being an away fan affords a visceral thrill that many find is increasingly missing at home and partly because, well, it’s what they do. The move to cap ticket prices at no more than £30 for away fans is such a no-brainer that to applaud it feels an odd thing to do.

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David Cameron urges Premier League clubs to be fairer to fans on ticket prices

• PM promises to look into rising prices amid time of increased TV income
• Cameron highlight importance of ‘keeping cost of football at a sensible level’

David Cameron has called on Premier League clubs to be fairer to supporters when setting ticket prices.

The spiralling cost of watching football has been under scrutiny in recent weeks, with Liverpool fans last month staging a mass walkout during a match in protest at plans to charge £77 for some tickets.

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Sunderland reduce adult season-ticket prices to as low as £18 per game

• Adult season tickets will start at £350 and go no higher than £475
• Sunderland are 19th and face a battle to stay in the Premier League

Sunderland have announced season-ticket price reductions at the Stadium of Light for next season. The cost of an adult season ticket will start at £350, which averages at £18 per game in the top flight, and would still compare favourably if the Black Cats are relegated to the Championship.

The announcement comes amid widespread furore over the rising cost of Premier League match tickets. Sunderland found themselves at the sharp end of the recent protests earlier this month when thousands of home fans left their game at Liverpool early following an announcement of rising prices.

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Football must be affordable so let’s get together on ticket pricing | Paul Wilson

Liverpool fans’ protests over pricing should only be the start – an across-the-board reduction is now possible but clubs and the government must act as one

Truly these are exciting times for football and its supporters, with wealthy American owners taken aback by a little Liverpudlian plain speaking and something rotten in the state of even the German game exposed through a hail of tennis balls.

Why tennis balls, as strewn all over Stuttgart’s pitch last week by Borussia Dortmund fans incensed at the price of admission? Because Germany has an expression “good tennis”, apparently, used in admiration of something well executed, and this was an ironic protest to suggest the reverse. But also because tennis balls are cheap, easily smuggled in and unthreatening. We in England have an expression “not cricket” that means roughly the same as (not) “good tennis”, but cricket balls are expensive and anyone caught hurling them at a football pitch could reasonably be charged with launching a dangerous projectile.

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Football must be affordable so let’s get together on ticket pricing | Paul Wilson

Liverpool fans’ protests over pricing should only be the start – an across-the-board reduction is now possible but clubs and the government must act as one

Truly these are exciting times for football and its supporters, with wealthy American owners taken aback by a little Liverpudlian plain speaking and something rotten in the state of even the German game exposed through a hail of tennis balls.

Why tennis balls, as strewn all over Stuttgart’s pitch last week by Borussia Dortmund fans incensed at the price of admission? Because Germany has an expression “good tennis”, apparently, used in admiration of something well executed, and this was an ironic protest to suggest the reverse. But also because tennis balls are cheap, easily smuggled in and unthreatening. We in England have an expression “not cricket” that means roughly the same as (not) “good tennis”, but cricket balls are expensive and anyone caught hurling them at a football pitch could reasonably be charged with launching a dangerous projectile.

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Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp defends club owners – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp offers words of support to the club’s owners on Friday after weeks of upheaval over ticket prices. On Christian Benteke’s struggle to find form, Klopp suggests that players need to help themselves, and he will be given opportunities to prove himself

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Arsène Wenger: no problem with Arsenal’s ticket prices – video

Arsène Wenger says he does not want Arsenal fans to protest over ticket prices during Sunday’s game against Leicester City. Wenger says Leicester City’s successful season shows that teams can go against the status quo of buying big stars

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Liverpool ticket U-turn a game-changer, says Football Supporters’ Federation

• ‘I am sure both owners and other supporters’ groups would have noticed’
• FSF’s main focus is on reducing ticket prices for away fans

Liverpool fans’ successful walkout protest over ticket prices is a “game-changer”, according to the Football Supporters’ Federation.

Related: Power to the people: Liverpool fans’ ticket price victory may be just the start | Owen Gibson

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Football quiz: ticket prices

Today’s quiz hopes you won’t close your browser after the seventh question

• Can you identify the referee?
• How did these managers fare abroad?
• What’s in a club’s name?

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Football quiz: ticket prices

Today’s quiz hopes you won’t close your browser after the seventh question

• Can you identify the referee?
• How did these managers fare abroad?
• What’s in a club’s name?

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Premier League clubs should cap away ticket prices at £10, says Tony Pulis

• West Brom manager joins attack on cost of top-flight tickets
• Says clubs must stop ‘milking’ fans and ‘give something back’

Tony Pulis has called for Premier League clubs to cap away ticket prices at £10, and urged the industry to stop “milking” supporters.

The West Brom manager, reacting to news that Liverpool have responded to protests by lowering their prices, told the BBC English football must act to restore the atmosphere in grounds, and to avoid pricing out young fans.

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Liverpool owners back down on ticket prices and apologise to fans

• An estimated 10,000 Liverpool fans walked out on 77 minutes on Saturday
• General admission prices frozen at 2015-16 levels for next two seasons

Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, have performed a major U-turn over their planned ticket price rises and issued a public apology to supporters who walked out of Saturday’s game against Sunderland.

Related: Liverpool owners’ open letter to supporters over ticket price proposals

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David Cameron agrees to look into ‘problem’ of football ticket pricing

• Prime minister acknowledges request by Labour MP to investigate
• Labour’s Clive Efford hopes Cameron will meet with FSF for discussion

David Cameron has been asked to meet the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) directly and discuss the issue of Premier League ticket prices, following a formal request by the shadow minister for sport.

The Labour MP Clive Efford – a long-standing campaigner for fan representation on the boards of professional clubs – has written to the prime minister and hopes a meeting with the FSF can be secured. Cameron promised to examine Premier League tickets after Efford raised the issue in parliament on Wednesday, recognising there was “a problem” with pricing.

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