Following the complaint launched by MUST in November, the OFT has today confirmed that they will be investigating Manchester United over their rising ticket prices.
A successful meeting in Westminster took place yesterday to explore the arguments of the ‘Fair Deal for Fans’ campaign.
MUST’s chief executive, Duncan Drasdo, was understandably very pleased with the result.
“We’re delighted that the OFT have chosen to launch an Investigation into this matter,” he said. “We’re confident that the level of political support we’re gathering will ensure that the Fair Deal for Fans campaign now goes beyond United and beyond our compulsory Cup ticket scheme. Huge ticket prices and the systematic exploitation of loyal supporters affect many fans at clubs throughout all the Divisions.”
MUST representatives gave a presentation at a meeting of MPs, hosted by Tony Lloyd, MP for Manchester Central and Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party. It was attended by a number of MPs and researchers, including representatives from all three major political parties. Among them was Alan Keen MP, Chair of All-Party Football Group, and Hugh Robertson MP, the shadow Sports Minister. Although the meeting was intended primarily for United-supporting MPs, and those from the surrounding area, there were MPs in attendance of a variety of sporting allegiances – including Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
“The Automatic Cup Scheme seems a pretty clear-cut case of unfair practices, and we were glad to learn that the OFT will be looking into it,” said Keen. “But now it’s up to politicians to use the various tools at our disposal to broaden this campaign and get a fair deal for all fans.”
There’s still a long way to go but it appears as though it is going out way at the moment!