PM looking into increase in Liverpool ticket prices

Ian Payne

Former Sports Correspondent

David Cameron is an Aston Villa fan. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has joined the ongoing row at Liverpool Football Club over ticket pricing.

David Cameron was asked about the protest by Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford at Prime Ministers Questions in the Commons this afternoon. Mr Cameron admitted some clubs are putting ticket prices up very steeply, and said he would look into it.

The row intensified last night when fans of Borussia Dortmund threw tennis balls onto the pitch during a German Cup match. The fans also noisily arrived 20 minutes after the match began to complain about rising ticket prices. They were charged just over £15 pounds for a standing ticket. And almost £30 for a seat.

Around 10,000 Liverpool fans walked out of their Premier League match against Sunderland at the weekend. They're protesting at plans to increase the costs of certain match tickets to £77 next season, despite an improved television rights deal kicking in. Fans groups say they may now target some of the club's sponsors in what they call a "peaceful protest".

Today Liverpool told ITV News that they wouldn't make any comment whilst they are still working on the revised policy. Does that mean they're rethinking the new ticket prices? Even manager Jurgen Klopp, ironically a former manager of Borussia Dortmund, and a known supporter of fans protests, said something should be done on the issue.

Liverpool fans are not happy. Credit: PA

As for the clubs sponsors. ITV News got a firm "no comment" from a spokesman at Standard Chartered Bank, whose name adorns club shirts.

Liverpool's next Premier League match is at Aston Villa on Sunday, with protest groups hoping for support from the home side's supporters too.

The Premier League remain quiet on the issue also. Will the pressure eventually bring some sense to bear on this increasingly ludicrous situation?

Football remains one of the few industry's where, the more it earns, the more it charges.