Chelsea have confirmed that ticket prizes for next month’s FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Liverpool next month will remain at £30 following pressure from the club’s supporters trust after an initial 35% rise had been announced.
The Chelsea Supporters Trust had released a statement on Thursday criticising the club’s decision to increase prices for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s side despite a freeze being written into a ticketing policy distributed to fans at the beginning of the season.
“There is no past precedence when the club have increased FA Cup ticket prices from the figure that was outlined in the clubs ticket policy at the start of the season,” the trust had said in a statement published on its website.
“The CST is once again dismayed by the continued disregard shown towards match-going supporters, who have been subjected to expensive and challenging travel arrangements throughout this season.”
As a result, Chelsea have swiftly reversed their decision.
A statement on the official website read: “In response to concerns raised by supporters through the Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) around the pricing of tickets for our upcoming FA Cup fifth round tie against Liverpool, we can confirm that we will be returning the prices to the original level of £30 for adults and £15 for juniors and seniors.”
The game, which will be shown on BBC, is already the ninth Chelsea fixture to be broadcast on British TV. It will kick off at 8pm, presenting additional logistical issues for travelling supporters.
Liverpool are expected to stick with a young team having played their Under-23s in their fourth-round replay win over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday as a protest relating to their winter break.