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ARSENAL have announced that they will subsidise supporters tickets for their clash with Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal host Atletico in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final next week and fans of the Spanish club have been priced £36.50 tickets.
But for the second leg, Atletico are charging Arsenal fans £79, angered supporters of the Premier League club.
But Arsenal have decided to help their fans by making up the difference, thus ensuring that those travelling will pay no more for their tickets than Atletico’s.
Arsenal supporters’ liaison officer Mark Brindle said: “We know our match in Madrid is already shaping up to be an expensive one for our supporters with the early May Bank Holiday increasing travel costs.
“On top of this, our fans are being asked to pay a higher ‘non-member’ price for their tickets to Estadio Metropolitano.
“We’ve decided to subsidise tickets for the second leg, meaning our travelling fans will spend the same as those from Atletico.
“Our travelling fans are the lifeblood of the club and we hope this measure helps to make their journey to Spain a little easier.”
The news is sure to delight Arsenal fans who have not had much to cheer this season and The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have praised the club.
“We’re very pleased that Arsenal have listened and are genuinely trying to help supporters,” AST board member Akhil Vyas told Standard Sport.
“It comes in a very busy time both domestically and in Europe for fans. This Madrid trip is proving very expensive with the Bank Holiday adding to the cost of travels.
“The original price was absolutely ridiculous and we’re proud that Arsenal have done something to help their loyal fans in Europe.
“It’s a real positive for fans that both legs are now affordable.”