Clubs should be able to field any team they want, in any Premier fixture they want – With one proviso.
And so news has emerged that, as of next season, season ticket prices at Man United will be increasing by £1 a game, with the rationale behind this decision being attributed to the rise in VAT earlier in the year from 17.5% to 20%. On the other side of the coin though, the Glazer’s (or someone at United who is employed by the Glazer’s) have listened to suggestions from fans by capping junior ticket prices at £20.
To be honest, it could have been worse. Considering that, over the last six years, ticket prices have increased by an average of 5.8% P/A, ‘tis but a drop in the ocean. But let’s not get lulled into a false sense of security here because, as evidenced by the ticket prices for the Champions League final, the common fan is still being treated with complete and utter contempt by those running the clubs and authorities within football.
The first reaction to Wayne Rooney’s two match ban being upheld – which includes the FA Cup semi final derby, was to tell the suits at the FA to well and truly stick their Cup and field the Manchester United Youth team in protest to what has universally been condemned as a totally unfair suspension. After all it’s no more than a tin pot with little relevance for major clubs when compared to the only two competitions worth winning. Remember the Portsmouth – Cardiff final just three years ago? Not exactly a pulsating Barca – Real classico was it?