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On Wednesday night at 7.35pm football commentators, speaking in many languages all over the planet, fell silent to allow their viewers to witness one of the most famous sights in world football, The Kop in full voice belting out their instantly recognisable anthem - "You'll Never Walk Alone". The visiting fans' enclosure was a mass of flashlights as Real Madrid's supporters recorded their own piece of footballing history. In a snapshot of red and white banners swirling to the tune of thousands of Liverpudlian voices, the case was made. Liverpool supporters are not incidental to the matchday experience, we are not dispassionate observers, we are not an audience of paying customers. Liverpool's supporters are active participants, influenced by, and seeking to influence, events on the pitch. It's what made the Kop famous, it's what makes Anfield an integral part of the brand sold globally by FSG, it's why new advertisements have been installed under the Kop roof to frame our famous pre-match rituals.

As those attending Anfield are all too aware, ticket prices continue to rise, outstripping inflation by over 1,000% in the last twenty years. As a banner on the Kop today pointed out, ticket prices in 1994 during it’s last stand were £8. Whilst the Taylor Report said tickets in new all seater stadiums should remain in reach of supporters, we are sure he would struggle to justify today’s Kop ticket price of £48 as being within reach for many. It is why we, and others including the Spion Kop 1906 group, have continually campaigned on ticket prices, calling for them to be lowered and made more affordable to make Anfield more accessible for current and future generations - the very people we want to go on and preserve Anfield’s legacy and to create famous nights and stories of their own.

 

At today's game against Hull City, the people who do much to bring the vibrancy and colour that makes The Kop such a valuable image to FSG's marketing gurus decided to protest against the ever increasing cost of supporting Liverpool FC. Anfield now has the most expensive "standard" tickets in the Premier League and price rises in other stands have long surpassed the £50 barrier, often seen as a standard for the London clubs ripping off supporters. Instead of the usual array of red and white banners that provide images recorded by everyone, from fans filming on their phones to press photographers to the ever present television cameras, protest banners were raised alongside black flags. Spirit of Shankly is wholeheartedly behind such action. We will continue to work with supporters, including the Spion Kop 1906 group, to raise awareness and campaign for cheaper ticket prices and would urge all fans to show their backing, both at the match itself and in subsequent actions.

 

This is Anfield not FSG's $weet $pot.



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