The Football Association have been slammed by their decision to hike up ticket prices ahead of next months FA Cup final.
The showpiece finale takes place on May 19th between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley, after the side’s beat Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton respectively.
Tickets for the semi-finals were split into four price bands, priced at £30, £45, £65 and £80, but the FA have announced that these seats will now be hiked to £45, £80, £115 and £145 – representing a 77% increase.
While it has been standard practice to increase the ticket prices from the semi-final to the final, this year’s prices are 35% more than those that fans were forced to pay for last years event.
Now, the Manchester United Supporters Trust have condemned the actions of the FA, claiming the the price rises are ‘extortionate’.
Duncan Drasdo, MUST’s chief executive, said: “Freezing the lowest ticket price category is a token gesture which will benefit only a small minority of our supporters. These price increases further illustrate the longstanding issue we have with the FA as both regulator of the game as well as the worst offender when it comes to extortionate ticket prices for fans.
“Ordinary fans should not be punished for the FA’s previous poor financial decisions over Wembley’s redevelopment.
“Football ticket pricing is not an ordinary competitive market. It is a monopoly and the FA, as the game’s regulatory body, should be setting an example by rewarding fans’ loyalty. The decision to raise prices to the highest levels ever defies belief.”