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FSF - Unfair local promo rule riles away fans

The season is entering its home straight and clubs are beginning to think of ways to pull in the crowds for next season. Encourage a fan to come along with a cheap ticket deal in the in the sunny spring months of April and May and they might, just might, fork out for a season ticket for 2011-12.

But in this swirl of special offers one fan in particular is missing out, and he or she is the most loyal of all - the away fan.

The Football Supporters` Federation has received numerous complaints this week from travelling fans of Football League clubs upset that they are being forced to fork out more than the home support. Football League clubs are obligated to charge away fans the same price as home fans pay in equivalent areas except on four occasions per season when they are allowed to offer so-called "local promotions". (Rules vary throughout the football pyramid and local promotions are not allowed in the Premier League.)

The Football League rules (31.2.11) state: "Discounts or special promotions (in each case for one match only) made available to supporters of the Home Club must also be made available on a similar basis to visiting supporters provided always that each Club shall be permitted to designate four (4) matches per season as 'local promotion` Matches where this regulation shall be deemed not to apply."

The idea of offering discounts to fans at this time of the season is a sound one and something to be applauded - the FSF does not want to see this practice ended at all. These promotions aim to build long-term support and clubs argue that they shouldn`t have to pass on to away fans who will only return when their side visits. But it is clear from the emails we`ve received that football fans believe the deal should be extended to all in acknowledgement of the trials and tribulations the away fan goes through.

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Date:Sunday April 24 2011

Time: 5:00PM

 

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