Date: 3rd September 2008 at 11:30am
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As an away football fan, should you pay more to watch the same football at the same ground?

It’s something I’ve wondered about in passing but I’ve always accepted it as the norm. I know it happened at Millmoor, and, as the away support often said, the facilities weren’t as good as we got as home supporters.

Well the Premier League have recently punished Birmingham City for ‘discriminatory pricing against away fans’ last season. An Independent Commission ruled that away supporters were charged more than home supporters for poorer facilities and they were fined £30,000 plus costs.

The Football Supporters Federation say that they congratulate the Premier League on taking this action and say that it does prove the importance of fans making complaints. But, Chairman of the FSF, Malcolm Clarke, said, ‘We don’t think it’s fair that Birmingham City should keep the money they made from this and we are calling upon them to refund the excess charges to the clubs concerned, so that they can perhaps return it to the fans concerned. If this isn’t possible then a donation should be made to local football charities.

‘The principle of away fans not being exploited is very important to us.’

What does everyone think about this? Do you think you’ve been overcharged as an away supporter for inferior facilities? Or is it something, as an away fan, you expect?