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21/04/2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Manchester United supporters challenge Joel Glazer to match Tampa ticket price cuts

MEDIA RELEASE: Manchester United supporters challenge Joel Glazer to match the ticket price reductions they made at Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Manchester United supporters are being encouraged to contact Joel Glazer to call for ticket price cuts to match those put in place at the Glazers' American Football franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Joel Glazer recently said "Our organization has spent a lot of time listening to our fans at this time when our team is thriving and our economy is not. As a result, we are now offering several pricing changes in response to our community's needs."

The cost of some Tampa Bay Buccaneers season tickets has been reduced by as much as 30 percent for the 2011 season while most other ticket prices have remained flat according to an official statement. MUST – the 167,000 member independent Manchester United Supporters Trust – is calling on Joel Glazer to at least match the ticket price cuts for Manchester United supporters.

Glazers considering price hikes for Reds

MUST Vice Chair Sean Bones said "Joel Glazer said he's listened to the Tampa fans. Well it's about time he listened to Manchester United fans and responded by cutting our ticket prices too. Manchester United supporters should not feel they are subsidising the Glazers' American Football Franchise as well as their debt."

"After the huge price rises our fans have endured while the Glazers have been taking out millions of pounds from our club if anything we deserve bigger price cuts than the Tampa fans."

"Anything other than an equivalent cut in prices at Manchester United will be seen as a slap in the face for United fans."

Fans can send a message for the attention of Joel Glazer through the MUST website and you can also read the proposed email to Joel Glazer here:
http://action.joinmust.org/ticketprices

Notes for editors:

Sources of Tampa ticket price reduction story:
http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/tampa-bay-buccaneers-release-2011-season-ticket-prices/1146102

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/jan/18/190652/bucs-lower-cost-of-some-tickets-for-2011/sports/

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/content/tampa-bay-bucs-lowering-select-ticket-prices-11

Email being sent by Manchester United supporters to Joel Glazer:

FAO Joel Glazer

I am writing to call for a cut in the prices of Manchester United match tickets next season.

I am aware that the Glazer family have recently done this for supporters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I wish for them to now show the same courtesy towards fans of Manchester United.

When you took over our club you promised you would talk to supporters and that you wouldn't hike up ticket prices. You have broken both of those promises while taking out hundreds of millions of pounds of our club's money to pay your fees and interest on your debts.

I would like to hear a statement from the Glazers on ticket prices and also a commitment on when you will stop taking money out of our football club.

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ENDS

 

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