Manchester United hit back at Sevilla as ticket row continues

Manchester United have raised ticket prices for Sevilla fans by 35 pounds for the Champions League last 16 tie at Old Trafford

United attempted to persuade Sevilla to lower their prices but discussions between the two clubs failed to lead to a significant reduction.

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.

Sevilla sparked an angry response from United fans last month after announcing they would be charging visiting supporters £89 for the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on February 21.

United however have made a decision to subsidise their fans making the journey to Spain, by charging Sevilla fans the same price at Old Trafford and giving the extra £35 back to their fans with any left over funds being donated to the Manchester United Foundation.

United outlined their stance in a letter to ticket holders, which was issued on Wednesday morning.

United's hike in prices will mean they will be lowering their travelling support's ticket prices to £54, the same amount paid by Liverpool fans in the group stage of their encounter with the La Liga club. "Therefore, we have taken the hard decision to charge Sevilla fans the same amount as our fans have been charged for the away fixture".

Sevilla claim that United have not followed UEFA's ticket guidelines in allocating 5% of the tickets to their supporters and had been given just under 3,000 tickets when they should have had 3,800.

"Our primary objective was to ensure our fans didn't end up paying this much".

The additional $NZD65 per ticket will be used to offset the expenses of United fans heading to Spain for the first leg, meaning they will pay $NZD104 - the same amount Liverpool supporters paid for their group-stage trip.

'Further to our recent confirmation that you were successful for the Sevilla away game, we wanted to inform you of a change in what you will be charged for this game. The £35 difference will be refunded prior to the game taking place.

"I hope you are looking forward to the game, and we will follow-up shortly with details of ticket collections".

'Many thanks for your continued, loyal support'.

"Sevilla will also look to guarantee that no Sevillista pays a penny more than any Manchester United fan for similar tickets - as competition regulations dictate".

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