Champions League: Sevilla, Manchester United on warpath

Champions League: Sevilla, Manchester United on warpath

Champions League: Sevilla, Manchester United on warpath

Sevilla will report Manchester United to European football governing body UEFA for not offering its fans enough tickets for the Champions League last 16 second leg at Old Trafford, the Spanish club said in a statement yesterday.

But the Premier League club were left fuming when Sevilla made a decision to charge £89 for United fans to watch the first leg in Spain on February 13.

But Sevilla refused to bow to United's wishes and the Premier League giants have reacted by dramatically increasing their own ticket prices for travelling Sevilla supporters for the return leg on March 13 and, in turn, will give £35 back to their fans who have bought tickets for the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium next month.

Whereas Liverpool met Sevilla in the group stage of this season's Champions League and their travelling support were charged £54 each for a match ticket, the visiting Man United supporters are being asked to fork out £89 each.

"Therefore, we have taken the hard decision to charge Sevilla fans for the return leg at Old Trafford the same amount as our fans have been charged for the away fixture".

"Sevilla will inform UEFA that United have not complied with the rule that away teams are offered 5 per cent of the capacity in tickets, only offering 4.1 per cent".

United pledged any extra revenue would be donated to the club's foundation.

Manchester United brass have responded by subsidising the £35 difference for every fan who has bought a ticket.

"Sevilla will demand through UEFA that United comply to the ticketing rules that tickets for home and away fans have a similar price for similar categories". Therefore we have taken the hard decision to charge Sevilla fans for the return leg at Old Trafford the same amount as our fans have been charged for the away fixture.

"We have been working with the club since we became aware of the ridiculous £89 Sevilla (away) ticket price", the trust said in a statement. "We are delighted United have fought our corner on this issue".

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