Liverpool fans are planning the first ever walkout at Anfield after the club increased ticket prices for next season.
From next season, the most expensive ticket in Anfield’s main stand will cost £77, an increase of £18. The most expensive season ticket will cost £1,029.
The Spion Kop group, supported Spirit of Shankly, are angered by the fact the club have raised prices despite the increase in revenue generated by the new television rights deal.
— Spion Kop 1906 (@SpionKop1906) February 4, 2016
A statement put out by the group on Twitter read: “Sunderland at home on Saturday, the first stage of many planned protests against the club in regards to the ticket prices at Anfield for the 2016/17 season.
“LFC think it’s acceptable to make more money than ever before from supporters. £2million more. That means price rises for many. £77 match tickets and £1,029 season tickets.
“Big increases for some, a few frozen and others get a tiny bit off. The club still make more. Don’t think it’s OK because yours is OK. Who will get the next increases do you think?
“Every week we get right behind the team. Now supporters need to get behind each other. Let’s make sure the owners know this is unacceptable.
“On 77 minutes, leave your seat and walk out. Tell your mates and family. Tell the people around you. Tell them why. Walk out on 77 minutes and show you care. “Love the team – Hate the prices. #WalkOutOn77.”
Fans protested against former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillet in the past, although never has one taken place inside Anfield.
“What is affordable to one person is different to another. With that in mind we tried to create a range of prices. We have listened to fans’ concerns and come up with some new initiatives, and we hope there is something for all,” said Liverpool chief-executive Ian Ayre.