Arsenal will subsidise match tickets for fans travelling to Atletico Madrid for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.
Arsenal were drawn against the Spanish capital club as they look to win Europe’s secondary competition to secure a route to the Champions League next season.
Supporters were left justifiably enraged when ticket prices for the second leg were fixed at £79 for away fans by Atletico, with Spanish fans paying just £36.50 for away tickets to the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.
In response, Arsenal have officially confirmed that they will subsidise tickets for fans headed to Spain on May 3.
‘We will subsidise tickets for our Europa League semi-final second leg away at Atletico Madrid,’ read a statement on the club’s official website.
‘This will ensure our travelling fans pay no more for their tickets than Atletico’s supporters will pay for the first leg in London.
‘Tickets for the away match on Thursday, May 3 were priced at £79 by Atletico compared to £36.50 for the Spanish side’s fans in the first leg game. We will make up the difference.
‘Arsenal supporters’ liaison officer Mark Brindle said: “We know our match in Madrid is already shaping up to be an expensive one for our supporters with the early May Bank Holiday increasing travel costs.
‘”On top of this, our fans are being asked to pay a higher ‘non-member’ price for their tickets to Estadio Metropolitano.
‘”We’ve decided to subsidise tickets for the second leg, meaning our travelling fans will spend the same as those from Atletico. Our travelling fans are the lifeblood of the club and we hope this measure helps to make their journey to Spain a little easier.”’