Liverpool fans to protest against ticket price increases at Sunday’s game

Liverpool fans set to protest agianst planned ticket price increases for next season

Liverpool fans to protest against ticket price increases at Sunday's game

Liverpool fan groups hope to send a clear message to Liverpool's owners during tomorrow's game, with only flags relating to the Hillsborough Disaster set to be allowed inside Anfield.

Liverpool fan groups will use tomorrow's home game against Crystal Palace to again protest against planned ticket price increases for next season, with many unhappy about the club's decision to raise prices by 2%.

Supporters groups, The Spirit of Shankly, Spion Kop 1906, and Kop Out recently released a strongly worded letter in response to the club's announcement that ticket prices would rise next season.  In it, they highlight how the decision has been taken without any discussions with the Supporters Board, and how the increase takes place against a backdrop of food deprivation and the ongoing cost of living crisis.

Details of the price increases were released by the club on the 5th of April, with the statement focusing on the increased running costs at Anfield (due to the increased capacity and general price rises), and how the club has previously frozen ticket prices for four years.

However, fan groups have been angered by the lack of consultation between the club and the Supporters Board, where key issues affecting the club and its fans are supposed to be discussed and debated.

Further dialogue between the Supporters Board and the club has taken place today, but following the meeting, the club confirmed it will not change its mind over the planned increases.  This has only increased anger amongst supporters, with further protests planned for tomorrow's home game against Crystal Palace, where there will once again be no flags or banners on the Kop, except for those relating to the Hillsborough Disaster (the 35th Anniversary of which will be remembered on Monday).

Similar protests were held during the Atalanta game on Thursday, with Anfield noticeably quieter than usual, especially on a European night.  We can only hope that the atmosphere is better on Sunday, as the team looks to bounce back from the awful performance on Thursday and keep pace with City and Arsenal at the top of the league.  You can read our Liverpool vs Crystal Palace match preview here.

Ticket Price Increases - Official Statements

Spirit of Shankly Statement - Key points and paragraphs, 

"For a second successive season, Liverpool have chosen to increase ticket prices for supporters. This is despite record commercial revenues and a place as the seventh-richest football club in the world. They didn’t have to do this."

"There was no meaningful consultation with Spirit of Shankly, or the Supporters Board over this decision, instead following a presentation highlighting the planned rises, we and the majority of the SB strongly opposed the move. But LFC’s decision was made and we were told it would not be changed."

"The news of the price rise was released without properly informing us or the Supporters Board, which undermines the entire set-up. We had been told the announcement would be next week."

"In the past, John Henry and Tom Werner have spoken of the “unique and sacred” bond between the club and its supporters – the way in which the club has conducted itself over this trashes that idea and damages the relationship and confidence in it."

"If fans really do matter and are valued by the club then freezing ticket prices for the coming season would have been a positive way to prove it."

"We have continually said, given the club’s significant income from other revenue streams – figures that will increase even further next season – and the financial challenges faced by many fans, they did not need to increase ticket prices. It’s a choice, an active decision."

Liverpool FC Statement, after discussions with the Supporters Board earlier today,

"Today, representatives from LFC and the Supporters Board met to discuss engagement processes and the recent two per cent ticket price rise announced for general admission and matchday tickets."

"LFC confirmed that its decision on the two per cent rise will not be reversed."

"LFC has agreed to review and improve its engagement approach in collaboration with the Supporters Board as it was acknowledged by both parties that more meaningful engagement over ticket prices is required."

"Membership prices were on the agenda for discussion during the meeting. LFC had proposed a small rise for next season but both parties have agreed to pause on this until more meaningful engagement can take place between LFC and the Supporters Board."

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