Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed that for the next three seasons away fans will be able to attend league matches and pay no more than £30 for each of their tickets, the Premier League announced on its side.
“Clubs know that away fans have a unique status. They are essential for match atmosphere and stimulate the response from home fans that distinguishes Barclays Premier League matches from those of other leagues,” the statement reads.
“This unique status has long been understood by clubs, who currently provide away fans with a range of measures designed to assist them, including the Away Supporters’ Initiative (ASI), introduced in 2013.”
Away fans have additional travel costs and pay individual match prices, as season ticket and other discounts are not available to them and the responsibility for them is shared between the clubs.
Therefore the league decided it is right that there is a collective initiative to help them. At their last meeting on February 4, 2016, the Premier League clubs unanimously agreed that more should be done to help away fans.
After consideration of a range of options and a telephone meeting between all the Premier League clubs by chief executive Richard Scudamore on Wednesday morning, the 20 clubs have now decided to introduce the new £30 maximum price for away tickets.
This new rule will kick in during the 2016/2017 season and will last for three seasons. It is still a compromise arrangement, with fans groups backing the Twenty’s Plenty campaign to cap prices at £20. There was little appetite among the clubs for that, but Scudamore has driven £30 as a figure acceptable to all.
During the last couple of months, several fan bases protested the rising ticket prices in the Premier League, among them the ones of Liverpool. With this revolutionary decision, the league hopes to halt these protest, as the new huge TV-deal is set to become a reality next season.