Basque clubs agree away ticket price cap

Five football clubs from the Basque Country who compete in Spain’s LaLiga have set an upper limit of €25 (£22/$28) per ticket for away fans who will attend games between the teams during the 2019-20 season.

The presidents of Alavés, Athletic Bilbao, Eibar, Osasuna and Real Sociedad (all pictured) made the commitment in a joint announcement.

The aim of the initiative is to boost the atmosphere at derby matches between the teams. Following Osasuna’s promotion to the top division at the end of last season, the Basque Country, an autonomous community in northern Spain, will be well represented in LaLiga.

The number of tickets that will be made available for away fans at €25 will depend on the relative stadium capacities, which range from 53,000 for Bilbao to just 7,000 for Eibar.

The arrangement will run until at least the end of the upcoming season, although the clubs said in a joint statement that they were working together “with the determination to give it [the scheme] continuity in the future”.

The clubs added: “With this agreement, the presidents of the five clubs intend to encourage attendance and a good atmosphere among the supporters of the different teams.”

The arrangement marks the first price cap for away tickets in LaLiga, with clubs in the English Premier League and French Ligue 1 having already introduced blanket upper limits for away fans.

In February, Premier League clubs agreed unanimously to continue their £30 cap on away tickets until the end of the 2021-22 season. The scheme was brought in for of the 2016-17 campaign.

In France, the price cap for away fans is €10.

Image credit: Athletic Bilbao

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