Fans of Championship clubs could pay more than in the Premier League, study finds
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The price of Premier League relegation hits the fans in the pocket as an audit of football pricing shows Championship tickets this season can cost more.
According to the BBC Sport Price of Football Study, even the lowest priced match days at Carrow Road are more than £10 more expensive than at Anfield.
The cost of attending Premier League football has come down in the first season of a record £5.316bn TV rights deal, the study found.
It can now be more expensive to buy an away ticket at a Championship game than in the Premier League.
This is because top-flight clubs agreed to cap prices for visiting fans at £30.
Rob Sainty, chairman of the Canaries Trust, said money in football was creating a 'bubble' which 'has to pop at some point'.
'The cost of going to football is getting ridiculous,' he said. 'Once you factor in ticket prices, travel cost and food and drink, it is not unknown to spend well over £100 for a family to get to a game. 'Like every other bubble in the history of the world, football pricing has to pop at some point. 'We cannot keep paying such obscene wages to players before something gives. What will give first of all will be attendances at games, because the fans are the ones who are most vulnerable. To me the disparity between fans and players is a fundamental issue of the game. 'If there is going to be significant change it has to come from the top. For a club like Norwich, a sudden drop in ticket prices is more significant, and unless we get fair pricing across the board it is not really going to work.
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'Part of the problem with ticket pricing is that it is almost a question at the moment of clubs charging what they think they can get away with.'