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EPL clubs put cap on away tickets

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:00 AM

LONDON (AP):

Fans of away teams at Premier League matches will pay no more than 30 pounds (US$43) for tickets for the next three seasons.

The decision was taken at a specially-convened meeting of topflight teams on Wednesday following mounting criticism from fan groups about the cost of attending matches as revenue from the 2016-19 television rights is rises to 8.3 billion pounds (US$12 billion).

The biggest winners will be fans seeing their team play at Arsenal, which had been charging up to 64 pounds (US$91) in the away end. Now tickets for visiting fans will be more than halved.

Additionally, Arsenal will partially subsidise tickets for its fans watching Arsene Wenger's team on the road. The north London club will ensure no Arsenal fan pays more than 26 pounds for an away ticket the cost of the cheapest home ticket at the Emirates Stadium.

"We know that following the club is a commitment and are always seeking to strike the right balance in our pricing," Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.

The Premier League price cap comes as the competition thrives, with surprise leader Leicester shaking up the title race, the television rights revenue being un-matched in global domestic football and attendances averaging 96.2 per cent of stadium capacities this season.

"Most clubs have recognised for some time that we need to do something for the travelling supporter," Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said. "It is absolutely right that football, as a family, looks after that group of fans.

"Our away fans are among the most dedicated and committed throughout the Premier League and that loyalty is deserving of this commitment by the clubs."