UEFA has announced that ticket prices for away fans will be capped in the Champions League and Europa League with immediate effect.
The move will see supporters of Europe’s top clubs charged a maximum of £63.50 in the Champions League and £41 in the Europa League.
Confirming the news UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “Fans are the lifeblood of the game and those who follow their teams to away matches must have access to tickets at a reasonable price, bearing in mind the cost they have already had to incur for their trip.
“By capping ticket prices, we want to make sure that away fans can still travel to games and play their part in making the atmosphere inside football stadiums so special.”
The decision comes ahead of the Champions League and Europa League group stages, which kick off later this month.
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English quartet Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all previously called on European football’s governing body to make ticket prices more reasonable for fans who travel abroad.
This price cap will come as a welcome boost to many supporters who travel far and wide to follow their team in Europe, with many struggling with travel arrangements and getting hold of tickets for the finals in Madrid and Baku respectively last season.
Now, and with autumn fast approaching, we are into September but the action will keep coming over the next few weeks and talkSPORT will be across it all.
First up this month, we’ll have full coverage of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo plus coverage of the showpiece group game of Germany vs Netherlands.
Then the Premier League will return with a bang as GameDay plays host to the top-flight’s top two as Liverpool host Newcastle and Manchester City take on Norwich on Saturday, September 14.
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We’ll bring you a host of other Prem games and EFL clashes before the end of the month with games like Leicester vs Tottenham and Leeds vs Derby.
September will also see the return of Champions League and Europa League football with England’s big guns in action. talkSPORT will have a host of fixtures from Europe’s elite competitions coming up soon.
Away from football, we’ll also be bringing you all the best action from the two remaining Ashes Tests as England look to beat the Aussie to the famous urn.
In boxing, Tyson Fury is set to return to the ring when he takes on Sweden’s Otto Wallin on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
And in UFC, Conor McGregor’s fierce rival Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his long-awaited comeback against Dustin Poirier on September 7.
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Champions League, Europa League and Premier League 3pm games to be confirmed
Friday 6th September – Germany vs Netherlands
Saturday 7th September – MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon
Saturday 7th September – Sunderland vs Burton
Saturday 7th September – England vs Bulgaria
Tuesday 10th September – England vs Kosovo
Friday 13th September – Derby vs Cardiff
Saturday 14th September – Liverpool vs Newcastle
Saturday 14th September – Fulham vs West Brom
Saturday 14th September – Norwich vs Man City
Sunday 15th September – Barnsley vs Leeds
Sunday 15th September – Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday 21st September – Leicester vs Tottenham
Saturday 21st September – Leeds vs Derby
Saturday 21st September – Newcastle vs Brighton
Sunday 22nd September – West Brom vs Huddersfield
Friday 27th September – Stoke vs Nottingham Forest
Saturday 28th September – Sheffield Utd vs Liverpool
Friday’s Europa League draw showed just how far Manchester United have fallen, Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes.
Speaking to talkSPORT the former defender said ‘these are difficult times’ for the Premier League giants.
Having failed to qualify for Champions League football last season, the Red Devils were back in the group stage draw for Europe’s second tier competition for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 2017.
Keown’s old club Arsenal were also in the draw too, of course – the Gunners are in Group F with German club Frankfurt, Belgian side Standard Liege and Portuguese outfit Vitoria – and the Premier League clubs are two of the big early favourites to be crowned champions.
United are by far the biggest-spending club in the competition this season, although the departures of a number of players this summer, including Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, may mean they could struggle to juggle both domestic and European competition.
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And when reacting to the draw alongside talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday, former England defender Keown admitted it’s a sign of where United are.
“You have to take your medicine,” he said.
“United didn’t qualify for the Champions League and we know about the number of teams that are now in this Europa League.
“They’ve got to the get the job done in the early stages and one of the journeys is ridiculously long [it’s a nine-hour flight from Manchester to Astana], so it’s trying to balance all of that.
“These are difficult times for Manchester United.
“One win in the league eight Premier League games – can you believe that?
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure there and we’re still early into the new season.
“By the time the Europa league comes round, let’s hope he’s still in a job. I assume he will be, but these are fences he’s got to clear to get through the early stages of this competition.”
Alfredo Morelos scored an injury-time winner, the only goal over the two legs, to send the Gers into the group stage of this year’s competition.
But they will be depleted in home support when their first home group stage game gets underway next month.
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A UEFA statement said: “The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to order a partial closure of the Rangers FC stadium during the next one (1) UEFA competition match in which Rangers FC will play as the host club, for the racist behaviour of its supporters.
“Rangers FC shall inform UEFA of the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 3,000 seats.
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“The Scottish club is ordered to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it.”
Rangers were drawn in Group G during Friday’s draw, where they are joined by Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord.
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