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Liverpool supporters planning 77th minute walkout as they protest ticket price hike

12.88K   //    05 Feb 2016, 18:09 IST
Liverpool fans unfurl a banner in protest after the hike of ticket prices

For the first time in Liverpool football club's history, fans will walk out of the stadium during the game in protest the recent hike in ticket prices. The Kop are expected to walk out of the stadium in the 77th minute when Jurgen Klopp's men host Sunderland in the Premier League. 

Liverpool had earlier this week announced that they were to hike the £59 ticket – one that was applicable for the reconstructed main stand – to £77, a rise which Liverpool fans and fan groups feel is dramatic and unnecessary. Two groups in particular, Spirit of Shankly and Spion Kop 1906 have been in constant discussion with the club but failed to reach an agreement that meets their demands midway. 

The biggest disappointment for Liverpool fans is perhaps comprehending why the club have priced their most expensive season ticket at  £1,029 – a total of  £54 per game – even after the Premier League had attracted the biggest TV deal with Sky Sports and BT Sport. 

“There are some small reductions but the news overall is that prices are going up by quite large amounts,” a Spirit of Shankly spokesman said.

“This is despite the fact that the club promised to work with supporters’ groups and take their views on board. In dealings we have had with the club the people at Anfield have always been reasonable and approachable, our frustration at these unnecessary price hikes is entirely with the owners.

“We believe the decision making here has come from Boston (where the Fenway Sports Group – owners of Liverpool – is based).”

Supporters groups feel not protesting will only mean accepting hike in ticket prices

It is widely noted that the 77th walkout was ideated and orchestrated by members of group, Spirit of Shankly.

“There have been demonstrations at Anfield before, but never a walkout protest,” the Spirit of Shankly spokesman added.

“It is something of a first and we have no idea how it will go, but one thing that is certain is that hundreds of supporters and season-ticket holders are furious about the prices going up again. If as many people walk out as have contacted us over the last couple of days the effect will be noticeable.

"We are obviously not taking this decision lightly, we are supporters of the club after all, but this is now a moment in time for fans to show how they feel about constantly being asked to fork out more. If people do not take this opportunity to register a protest we will be seen to be accepting of the price rises and the moment will have passed.”

Liverpool host Sunderland at Anfield with Klopp's men now in eighth place, 11 points behind a Champions League spot. Sunderland, meanwhile, are in the relegation zone and look helpless in every game they play. 

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