The 30m game? Is that just the gate cash?

It will be an expensive business to watch the Champions League final at Wembley
It will be an expensive business to watch the Champions League final at Wembley
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CLIVE SMITH: English pigs? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

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The price of tickets for the Champions League final at Wembley has been causing more than a little consternation this week.

You can pick one up for £150. Oh, and don’t forget the £26 admin fee on top of that. Oh, and that’s the cheapest, so don’t be too downhearted if you don’t get a good view.

The only surprise is that anyone should be surprised at prices which, one assumes, are necessary to help cover the extortionate wages players at that level take home.

But this is not the only big Wembley game for which ticket pricing has been announced in the past few days.

Pompey are a heck of a good run of results away from making the play-offs and some will be mightily glad of that when they see how much it’d cost them to get into the final.

It might not sound too bad when you hear you can get a ticket to the Championship play-off final for £36. But like those £150 seats at the CL final, that’s just for the cheapest – and the cheapest of five categories at that.

For a better view of the game that carries the prize of promotion to the Premier League (to which those taking part will be welcome, I’d say), other seats will cost £52, £64, £76 or £98 – that’s ninety-eight quid, just in case you think that last one was a slip of the typing finger.

Where do the Football League, Wembley or whoever else is involved in setting these prices think your average fan will find that sort of money for an extra game?

Of course, thousands of each side’s fans will find it, and will go because of the enormity of the game. But does that justify this latest fleecing of supporters? No.

Hasn’t football noticed the rest of the country tightening belts and cutting costs where it can? Obviously not.

In the case of the Champions League final, I read one fan say it would be hilarious to see two non-English sides get to Wembley and draw a crowd of 25,000.

In the case of the Championship game, that’s a forlorn hope but at some point you hope fans will, in great numbers, vote with their feet and show the greedy gaggle running football that the game of the people is nothing without the people.

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