On Friday 20 April, tickets go on sale for the away leg of Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League semi-final against Roma. Once again, as happened against Porto earlier in the competition, Liverpool fans are being asked to pay a premium.
Tickets for the tie at the Stadio Olimpico will cost Reds supporters in excess of £70 each, Roma supporters were charged £48 for the corresponding fixture at Anfield. In earlier rounds, visiting fans to Roma were charged much less.
The problem here is two-fold. Liverpool are known, and respected, for their travelling support and clubs know they will sell out, even at high prices. But this is neither fair or right. We should not be asked to pay more than other supporters.
Arsenal have acknowledged that their fans too are being asked to pay a high price when they visit Madrid to play Atlético in a couple of weeks, and the club have said that they will subsidise tickets.
But is subsidising the answer? Do this once, what happens next time?
Spirit of Shankly are asking Liverpool to step in. What do they think about their fans constantly being ripped off? Are they willing to subsidise tickets for this fixture? What are UEFA doing about ticket-price hikes, and can there be a formal complaint?
The importance of the role of supporters in our run to the semi-finals has been acknowledged by players, the manager and the national press. SOS ask the club to stand with us and fight other clubs cashing in on our loyalty.