Shadow Sports Minister, Clive Efford has submitted the following PQs re Government consultation with fan groups.
MUST is the independent Manchester United supporters trust. We are dedicated to securing meaningful permanent ownership of MUFC for supporters.
United will get 2,631 tickets for the trip to Spurs – a big increase from 1,878 last season.
MUST has been working with Haringey Council, which oversees the allocation-setting process to address safety issues and that has lead to the increase.
In the summer, the council promised to increase United’s allocation so long as there was proof United fans did not cause safety issues at away games so far this season.
MUST has provided proof of this to the council, which has allowed Spurs to open the upper tier section of the away end to reds for the first time in years.
MUST CEO Duncan Drasdo said: “This is news that I am sure fans will welcome and that we are really pleased with.
“We are grateful to the council, who have addressed this issue in a fair way.
“United have played their part too and the end result is that more United supporters will be able to make the trip and enjoy the game.”
He added: "Away fans are the lifeblood of the game and are crucial to creating the special atmosphere that has traditionally made English football so attractive. The Premier League recognise this too so we hope to see continued progress firstly to restoring all full allocations and further to increase them.
"It is in everyone's interests to encourage higher allocations of away fans and I am pleased the right outcome has been achieved in this case."
This is the second victory this week with the earlier announcement that MUST's intervention has resulted in Arsenal changing their policy on 16-18 year old away fans concessionary pricing which will result in a reduction in price of almost £40 for young away fans travelling to The Emirates next season.
Another small but important victory won by MUST for MUFC fans - following an inquiry to Arsenal by MUST.
Prior to the recent away game at The Emirates, Duncan Drasdo contacted Arsenal to ask why 16-18 year old Manchester United fans were being charged the full adult price £64 (before MUFC away ticket rebate) while Arsenal’s own fans in the 16-18 age bracket were charged a concessionary price of £27.25.
In response Arsenal have agreed to offer the same concession to all 16-18 year old away fans from next season onwards. Arsenal’s SLO said, in a reply to Duncan "We agree encouraging young fans to attend matches is important and we will extend concessions for supporters up to 18 years old to visiting fans from the start of next season. This will ensure we are being fair to all clubs."
So thanks to MUST's intervention that's a saving of almost £40 for a crucial section of our support. It's this 16-18 age group where we tend to lose fans as the costs suddenly shoot up before they have their own source of income to cover this increase.
Fair play to Arsenal for taking swift and decisive action once it was brought to their attention and thanks to Tim Payton of Arsenal Supporters' Trust for putting us in touch with the Arsenal SLO Martin Brindle.