It looked like there was a victory for all football fans on Wednesday. Everyone seemed to come together to congratulate Liverpool fans after a 77th minute walk out on Saturday saw the club scrap plans to introduce more expensive tickets.

What went under the radar, though, was that cheaper tickets were also scrapped. Getting rid of the policy to price tickets based on the prestige of the game, fans at Anfield will find themselves paying just as much to watch Arsenal, Manchester United or a Merseyside derby against Everton as they pay for games between Liverpool and the newly promoted sides or FA Cup minnows.

But nobody seems to have noticed. The £77 ticket doesn’t exist anymore, but taking away category pricing also takes away the cheap tickets. Overall? They stand to make more money than ever.

It is fans who don’t have season tickets who will quite literally pay the price.

So a 9.5% increase on the price of a particular seat not held by a season ticket holder next season. Disgusting, isn’t it? By apologising very publicly and very publicly withdrawing the most expensive tickets, FSG look like the good guys, but they really aren’t listening to fans, they’re just trying to pull the wool over their eyes. It’s not on.

“The three of us have been particularly troubled by the perception that we don’t care about our supporters, that we are greedy, and that we are attempting to extract personal profits at the club’s expense. Quite the opposite is true,” a letter released by Liverpool’s owners said on Wednesday. Is the opposite really true, though, seeing as prices – overall – are still going up? Seeing as you’ll be expecting fans to pay over £50 for every seat in the main stand when you face Sunderland, Norwich or Aston Villa as well as when you face Manchester United?

Liverpool fans hold a banner as they protest against the recently announced rise in ticket prices during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on February 6, 2016. (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans made their point during last Saturday’s game against Sunderland, but have they really won? (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal recently waived a charge which was going to be added to the price of season ticket holders’ costs next season after the club drew Barcelona in the Champions League, but that won’t be the case again this season as the club communicated the charge was underlined in the terms and conditions of the season ticket and will be made clearer ahead of the next campaign.

It’s a hot topic right now but, despite pressure from fans, no clubs are surrendering money for the supporters to have cheaper tickets. Many freeze their ticket prices, but that’s the best we can hope for. When the clubs sell out every week, prices won’t come down. Just a week ago Premier League clubs voted against capping the price of tickets for away fans at £30.

Next season will see Liverpool offer £9 tickets which give you a seat you can’t see the goal from, apparently they’ve managed to spin this to gain PR credit. Ultimately, more than ever, it feels like fans are being shown they’re powerless. Even when Liverpool fans think they’ve won, FSG will make more money. After all, what else matters?

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