Fans’ group Spirit of Shankly has written to Arsenal and Liverpool requesting more consideration is given to away supporters attending next month’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at the Emirates Stadium.
The Reds’ travelling support face paying up to £93 for a ticket for the game and SoS is concerned that, combined with the potential for live television commitments to impact on the kick-off time, it will leave fans drawing the short straw once again.
“The league game saw Liverpool fans charged £62 per ticket for a fixture played on a Saturday evening,” said the letter, sent to Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and Liverpool counterpart Ian Ayre, from SoS chairman Jay McKenna.
“We have been informed by Arsenal supporters that if we receive a 9,000 ticket allocation at Category A prices, this would mean that ticket prices could range from £62 to £93 for Liverpool supporters.
“Taking these factors into account, we ask that the following be considered: kick-off time, ticket prices and allocation.
“It is highly likely that this match will be televised. We are aware that the clubs don’t get to decide the kick-off times, however you are consulted.
“In fairness to the fans we would ask that the consideration is given to those who need to travel considerable distances at great expense.
“The league fixture (in November) saw many LFC fans having to use rail replacement bus services to get home from a 5.30pm kick-off on the Saturday evening.
“Clearly no consideration was given to those who actually attend the match from those setting kick-off times.
“We ask, that on our behalf, you push to make sure that we are not in a similar position again where fans will experience similar difficulties.
“Liverpool fans have already been charged 72 per cent more than Everton for the league matches that have been played this season and we believe that this is completely unreasonable.
“Coventry’s FA Cup tickets were priced at £25.50 and we would request that tickets are priced in the same manner.
“We ask that both clubs ensure that we are granted the full 15 per cent (ticket) allocation for this fixture.”