Sevilla to report Manchester United to UEFA in row over ticket prices
Jan 10 2018 by Marjorie Miles
"The £35 difference will be refunded prior to the game taking place".
To pay for that gesture, United also chose to increase ticket prices for Sevilla fans by £35 each in an effort to protest at what they see is unfair exploitation of their fans.
But Sevilla won't budge - so United have had to fight fire with fire and charge the Spanish side's supporters £89 to take in the second leg at Old Trafford two weeks later.
Travelling United supporters must cough up €101 each for February's first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where Liverpool fans were charged €61 in November.
"This has been raised with Sevilla, and internally, but ultimately Sevilla have not agreed to significantly lower the price of tickets for our fans to what we view as a reasonable level".
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.
United complained that Sevilla had unjustly bumped up their ticket price and, after failing to reason with their opponents, elected to match their £89 fee for away fans.
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In 2012, fans were charged £77.50 to watch a Europa League tie with Athletic Bilbao and £71 in 2016 for a game against FC Midtjylland in the same competition.
United say the LaLiga club have refused to lower the cost, prompting them to take action by charging the same amount for Sevilla fans travelling to Old Trafford for the second leg of the last-16 tie in March.
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.
"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".
Sevilla were accused of setting "exorbitant" prices when it emerged they would be charging United fans at least £89 for the game.
Sevilla claim that United have not followed UEFA's ticket guidelines in allocating 5% of the tickets to their supporters and had been given just under 3,000 tickets when they should have had 3,800.
"Right now everything is hypothetical as United have not informed the club officially of the price rise", added the source. "We welcome UEFA's willingness to discuss these issues".