Listen to the fans! Former Liverpool boss urges club to backtrack over ticket price row

first_imgRoy Evans has hailed Liverpool fans’ Anfield walkout over rising ticket prices.Thousands of supporters joined a 77th-minute exodus during Saturday’s Premier League clash with Sunderland.The walkout was timed to relate to the £77 it will cost for the most expensive match ticket in the redeveloped Main Stand next season.Chief executive Ian Ayre has defended the proposed price increase, arguing it relates to only a few tickets and claiming the club offer plenty of value for money in other areas of the ground.But Evans insists fans are right to fight against the proposals – and hopes the club backtracks. Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Liverpool boss said: “Liverpool have tried to explain that it is only about a very few amount of tickets but if it is about a very few amount of tickets then really it shouldn’t be bothering them at all. They should do something about it.“The fans’ protest was fantastic. They did it the right way. Vocally it was brilliant and the walkout was done in a very positive way without any hassle. I hope the club’s response is as good as the protest was.“I’m sure Liverpool are sensible enough to make this not a big issue and to listen to the fans. It is supposed to be a game for the fans, whether you can afford tickets or you can’t afford tickets.“It is a game for everybody. It is not just Liverpool by the way, it is a lot of clubs.“Clubs say we have got these things we do for young kids, for the disabled and people that can’t afford it or whatever, but it has got to be across the board so everybody can afford to watch the great game we have loved for years.“Money can ruin everything. It is the root of all evil, as they say. “I understand, of course, that there has got to be revenue, there has got to be stuff going in with players getting paid ridiculous amounts of money. But at the end of the day you can’t keep putting that load on to the fans.”last_img read more