Premier League football to be given the boot by a third of its fansJanuary 14th, 2009 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.14 (ANI): Premier League clubs will lose up to a third of their fans next season to the credit crunch, reports the Daily Star.
Tens of thousands of cash-strapped soccer nuts are ready to ditch their team in 2009/10 because they are being priced out of the game, according to a research.
The average match day now costs supporters 96 pounds for their ticket, food, travel and drink.
That figure is up from 78 pounds three years ago.
With ticket prices likely to soar even further next season, experts believe the nations grounds will have huge empty spaces.
Teams that could lose the most fans are West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle, Manchester United and Tottenham, with over a third of season ticket holders abandoning them.
The industry may well now pay the price for its short-sightedness in letting prices exceed inflation over the past 15 years, the tabloid quoted Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters Federation, as saying. (ANI)
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