According to The Telegraph, Arsenal have decided to downgrade their FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Liverpool to a Category B fixture following a campaign by supporters of both clubs.
The decision will see the cost of Liverpool’s 9,000 away tickets capped at £54, with many available at £35.50, and the most expensive seats in the home section down from £93 to £54. Lower tier tickets for Gooners start at £35.50 instead of £62. (full price list here)
It looks as though the fixture will still count as the final cup credit for Arsenal season ticket holders meaning the Bayern Munich game on the following Wednesday – a Category A game – will be added to the cost of next year’s renewal for anyone wishing to attend. On a separate note, Bayern announced some time back they’ll be subsidising the tickets of their travelling fans for the Emirates showdown.
Any further home games in the FA Cup and Champions League would also see season ticket holders accrue further charges, unless they opt out.
Coming off the back of yesterday’s announcement of a commercial deal with Puma, the renewal of the Emirates sponsorship and the fact the club are due a healthy windfall from the latest sale of Premier League rights, it looks as though the club have bowed to pressure and done the decent thing. We do though await confirmation.
A pat on the back to those associations which took up the baton on this. The Black Scarf Movement and the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust led the charge from N5 while the Spirit of Shankly worked magic with sharpened quill on Merseyside.
Incidentally, despite being the constant target of sniping reports from the press Arsenal was voted the ‘Away Day of the Year’ at the Football Supporters’ Federation Awards in January.