Saturday 10th November 2018

AST join forces with other Trusts - campaigning for new tv money to support fairer ticket prices

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust has written to Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis asking him to raise and support items at the next Premier League meeting of all Clubs that will see a very small proportion of the new tv money go toward helping match-going fans.

At a meeting of all Premier League clubs in March 2015 it was agreed that a total of at least £1billion from the total £5.14bn sale of UK live rights will be shared beyond the Premier League in the 2016/17-2018/19 period.  This would include investing in 'Fan engagement and matchday experience'.

We welcome this and thank you for backing this policy. We are writing to you now, ahead of the next Premier League shareholders meeting, to ask you to back a simple and effective proposal that delivers on this commitment.

We have discussed these ideas with other Premier League Supporters' Trusts Groups who are also writing to their Clubs. Our proposal is that a portion of the new TV money should be used to secure the following benefits for all matchgoing fans across the game:

  • A freeze on all ticket prices in all categories for the three years of the new tv contract
  • New money to be set aside to allocate every club a £1m per season Away Supporter's Initiative fund, an end to away match categorisation and a cap on away ticket prices
  • Price reductions for 18-21-year-old fans - the future generation of supporters

There are other initiatives and promotions run by Clubs which offer benefits and we hope these will continue but we believe there is merit in having three main policy ideas that are applied across all Clubs in the Premier League so that everyone benefits.

We are asking you to table the proposal we have set out above at the next PL shareholders' meeting and to vote in favour of that proposal. Each PL club is being asked to do this by their supporters.

The cost of football tickets has been keenly and publicly debated for some time, and we believe you have the opportunity to take practical action to address supporter concerns and send out a positive message about the responsible way the Premier League is utilising the additional TV windfall to engage with supporters and invest in the long-term future of the game.

We have given careful thought to these ideas and the areas we highlight for support - away fans and younger adult fans - are two categories we believe merit extra attention as they are key to the future social and economic health of the game.

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