Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has today welcomed the new away ticket scheme agreed by all twenty Premier League clubs.
The chairman, who joined the club only recently, spoke about how he fully welcomes the move in a statement released on the clubs official site.
We fully support the announcement from the Premier League today that prices for away fans are to be capped at £30 across all clubs from next season.
You only have to look at the incredible commitment and passion for our Club displayed time and time again by Norwich fans as they travel often very long distances in consistently impressive numbers to support the Canaries.
The agreement will see a cap of £30 be put on all away tickets next season, replacing the away supporters initiative that helped towards some of the costs of away travel.
The club reduced the price of the recent trip to Swansea, that saw the Canaries lose disappointingly to the Swans and left many away travellers disappointed during the long journey home.
We’ve already very pro-actively supported the existing Away Supporters’ Initiative by committing well over the mandatory £200,000 annual spend on measures to help away fans; whether that be through subsidised tickets, free coach travel or both – as was the case when 2,057 Norwich fans took a 600-mile round trip from Norfolk to Swansea last Saturday.
It is unclear if these restrictions will affect the club if they are to be relegated to the Championship, with no clear pricing regulation existing under the Football League.
But if Norwich are to stay in the division, then this is a welcome treat for many fans, who have complained about the extortionate prices charged by many clubs, even up to £50.