Sevilla have countered Man United’s plan to subsidise ‘unfair’ and ‘excessive’ £89 tickets by raising the cost for visiting fans to Old Trafford with their own subsidisation.
Rather than agree to a reduced rate for the visiting Red Devils supporters, the La Liga club will instead cover the extra £35 United plan to add on for visiting supporters in the return leg.
The Andalusians will also report the Red Devils for failing to offer up the requisite five percent of the stadium capacity to visiting fans.
They club will also check to see whether their fans are paying a similar price to that of the home fans—as UEFA regulations.
United travel to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21 for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with the return fixture at Old Trafford to be played three weeks later.
Sevilla ramped up the ticket prices for travelling fans, a decision which was deemed exploitative by some in the knowledge United would sell out their allocation.
And the club have responded by announcing they will refund travelling supporters by £35, reducing the sum paid to £54, the same amount as Liverpool fans were charged in the group stage.
To fund this, United will charge visiting Sevilla fans £89 for the return leg, a decision the club describes as ‘difficult’.
United say they have taken the step to act as a deterrent for clubs thinking about increasing ticket prices for their travelling fans in future.
Any extra money raised from the £89 tickets for Sevilla supporters will be donated to the Manchester United Foundation.
United won five of their six group games to qualify for the knockout stages.