Swarms of fans from football clubs around the country have been reacting on social media, after Leeds United shared that Reading had failed to sell out their full allocation of tickets for February’s Championship encounter.
The Royals visit Elland Road at the end of the month and will be aiming to seek revenge for our 1-0 win at the Madejski Stadium last November, which stretched our winning streak over the Berkshire outfit to three games all without conceding once.
Reading last won in West Yorkshire in October 2017 when Modou Barrow found the back of Andy Lonergan’s net in the 84th-minute, sealing their first victory at United in three-and-a-half-years.
Travelling Royals supporters hoping to see a repeat of that game will not be in their vast numbers on February 22, though, as Reading failed to sell out their full allocation of tickets.
The unsold stubs in the West Stand lower away section are now on sale for home fans to grab ahead of the match, providing they are season ticket holders or members.
Are Leeds wrong to charge more than £30 for away tickets?
When the club’s official Twitter account announced that Reading failed to sell out their allocation, supporters of clubs from around the country – including some United fans – reacted by slamming the Whites’ policy of charging away fans £39.
The Football Supporters’ Federation shared last season that the Championship is one of the most expensive leagues in the world to follow for away fans, as tickets for 20% of all matches were above the Premier League’s £30 cap.
United were also slated as the worst offenders for charging away fans excessive sums with an average price of £37.82 per ticket over the 2018/19 season, while Birmingham City charged the least at just £19.12.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Leeds’ post…
Hope you liquidate. You’re not a premier league top 6 club anymore. Stop charging £39.
— Jack Nichols (@jacknichols82) February 17, 2020
Changing 39 quid a ticket I dont see why they should sell out ? pic.twitter.com/m2HsWMNBrQ
— … (@ftblchaz) February 17, 2020
maybe if you made tickets £20 you’d get more away fans
— joe (@cillanoir) February 17, 2020
£39 last Saturday for this view – Fishing Nets in the roof as well 🙃 all included in the price pic.twitter.com/ITfsbhAQOR
— Oliver City Dog 🍥 (@BCFCOLIVERDOG) February 17, 2020
And getting dripped on by a roof that can’t keep water out, for £39
— Jack Phillips (@jackp_bcfc) February 17, 2020
39quid,is way too much for any fan.wether they home,or away fans. 20 quid is https://t.co/46xJ2V2hle it should be capped at that.
— Glyn (bud) Jones (@2_elland_back) February 17, 2020
– charges double the price of every other championship side for away tickets
– brags that other fans don’t show up
maybe get to the premier league before you start charging premier league prices 🤣
— super Sol 🏴 (@blxebirds) February 17, 2020
Try charging less than 40 quid
— Elliot 🏴🏴 (@_ElliotAV) February 17, 2020
In other Leeds United news, Director of Football Victor Orta has been condemned for targeting the wrong player during the January window.