UEFA has announced the price cap for flight tickets in continental contests in a move to make fans ‘ equipment more available.
In recent years, Europe’s governing body has experienced enormous criticism, especially back in May, owing to the elevated rates for the Champions League and Europa League finals, as well as the choice of venues for the latter.
Top clubs in the continent were at loggerheads over extortionate prices for travelling supporters, with fans taken advantage of with high demands for tickets, as well as costs for air travel and accommodation.
While British clubs have been pressuring UEFA for years, their requests were met with some resistance from their counterparts in Spain and some areas of Southern Europe.
However, an agreement has since been reached that means that away tickets for the group stages will cost a maximum of 70 euros (£63.50) in the Champions League and 45 euros (£41) in the Europa League.
The cap will come into effect when the group stages of both tournaments begin next month but the figure is higher than the British clubs, and Bayern Munich, were hoping for.
Confirming the news, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “Fans are the lifeblood of the game and those who follow their teams to away matches must have access to tickets at a reasonable price, bearing in mind the cost they have already had to incur for their trip.
“By capping ticket prices, we want to make sure that away fans can still travel to games and play their part in making the atmosphere inside football stadiums so special.”
A campaign began back in 2018 when Liverpool fans were charged £73 for their semi-final trip to Rome, while Manchester United supporters were forced to pay £89 for seats against Sevilla the same year – in an area where tickets usually cost £54.
Last season, both Liverpool and Manchester United reacted to the elevated ticket prices for fans away from Barcelona by increasing their own rates for traveling supporters, using the extra income to subsidize the expenses of their fans in Spain.