Government urged to act on Man Utd ticket prices

Pressure is mounting on the Sports Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, to intervene in the row over Manchester United's rising season ticket prices.

The MP for Bradford South said recently that Premier League clubs were in danger of pricing out supporters and singled out United because of their 13 per cent rise in season ticket prices.

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United supporters claim they are being priced out of Old Trafford and have to watch matches in the city's pubs.

Despite Sutcliffe's attack, a Labour spokesman, Lord Davies, a former Oldham MP, said it would not be right for the government to intervene directly.

When Sutcliffe attacked United's ticket prices, Sir Alex Ferguson, hit back at "unfair and inaccurate" remarks, saying admission prices at Arsenal and Chelsea were "obscene".

But the Manchester United Supporters Trust have now issued a new protest about the situation and Manchester peer Lord Alf Morris, a patron of the Trust, says that ticket prices have reached unprecedented levels, testing fans' loyalty to the club.

"They are being priced out and we end up with supporters having to watch in the pubs," said Lord Morris, the former MP for Wythenshawe.

He says, that despite Sutcliffe's comments, which annoyed Sir Alex, the government has been skirting around the issue, refusing to get involved.

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