Lampitt defends Pompey cup prices

Pompey chief executive David Lampitt
Pompey chief executive David Lampitt
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Pompey have defended ticket pricing for the Carling Cup clash with Barnet.

Sections of Blues fans are angry after the club announced it would cost £17 for an adult ticket to watch the first-round encounter on Tuesday, August 9.

The fixture represents the first of three Fratton Park matches in a week, a spell which will hit supporters hard in the pocket.

Last season, it cost just £10 for adults to witness the third-round 2-1 defeat to Leicester.

It is understood Pompey wanted to operate similar pricing for the visit of Barnet.

However, the League Two outfit would not agree. And because both clubs have input into pricing for cup matches, that has resulted in tickets fixed at £17 for adults, £13 for seniors, £5 for under-17s and £1 for under-12s.

David Lampitt insisted he had every sympathy with supporters.

The Blues’ chief executive said: ‘Prices had to be agreed between the two clubs and we certainly wanted them to be lower for this game.

‘I understand the position of our supporters on these issues.

‘But, unfortunately, we don’t have sole control of ticket pricing and would have liked them to be lower.

‘We have had to reach some form of compromise with the away club.’

Pompey Independent Supporters’ Association spokesman, Tony Goodall, said: ‘This is not the gesture fans expected, or wanted.

‘What makes this all the more surprising is the Fans Conference sent in 10 pages of comment, evidence and information relating to match-day pricing.

‘We said the prices suggested for matches at Fratton Park are not in touch with what the average fan can, or is prepared to pay to watch a match.

‘It is disappointing.’