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Clubs, UEFA aim to cap Champions League prices for away fans

March 26, 2019
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, second left, applauds fans at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

AMSTERDAM (AP) — European soccer clubs are working with UEFA to control ticket prices for traveling fans in the Champions League, amid escalating charges for visiting Barcelona and Manchester United fans in the quarterfinals next month.

The European Club Association says a proposal for next season is being put to a UEFA panel on May 14.

The dispute between Barcelona and Man United has exposed a loophole in UEFA’s current rule which prohibits two-tier pricing, and saw Bayern Munich fans get compensation from trips to play Anderlecht and AEK Athens.

Barcelona could set a 118 euros ($133) price for visiting Man United fans while offering discounts to its season ticket-holders and club members.

Man United retaliated with an equivalent 102 pounds price for Barcelona fans coming to Old Trafford.

Those prices are almost 70 percent more than the cheapest 70 euros ($79.60) tickets for the next Champions League final in Madrid.

The price-cap proposal can be approved by UEFA’s executive committee meeting on May 29 at the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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