Norwich fans’ anger at ticket price for Manchester United Capital One Cup game
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The decision to charge adult Norwich City supporters £46 to watch the club's prestigious Capital One Cup tie at Manchester United has sparked anger, with many Canaries fans saying they can not afford to go.
Norwich forums on social networking sites have been flooded with fans saying they were not prepared to pay such a high charge for a midweek match when the league champions were likely to be fielding a largely reserve team.
A poll on the EDP's sister Pink'Un newspaper attracted a similar response.
And representatives of supporters trusts were also critical of the decision after Norwich announced the fourth round tie would be going ahead on Tuesday, October 29, kick off 7.45pm.
Ben East, chairman of the Northern Canaries supporters group, for fans based in the north, said his group had conducted a poll through its Facebook page which showed 80pc of respondents were 'seriously considering' whether they would be able to go due to the high ticket price.
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He said: 'It is a real frustration for us because we don't get the experience of the evening game in the north. They have a magic of their own.
'To draw Manchester United was a real thrill and then to be told it is £46 was a real shock.
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'Quite a lot of people I know say they won't go. Man United fans were annoyed and embarrassed about the amount they were charging.
'These games are not in the high profile category.'
He added United's city rivals Manchester City were selling tickets for £48 for their major Champions League tie against Bayern Munich so he could not understand how United could justify £46.
There are a number of age- related concessions on the ticket prices and there are also concessions for groups of 10 or more and Mr East said his supporters group was looking at the latter option to enable fans to attend the match
EDP columnist and Canaries fan Robin Sainty also condemned the charge, adding that he thought £25 would be a much more reasonable fee for a match of that category.
He said: 'We all know that with Premiership teams in Capital One Cup games they are not going to put their best 11 out so why should we be paying very similar to what should be charged for the league game at Old Trafford?'