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Arsenal agree to subsidise tickets for fans travelling to Atletico Madrid for Europa League semi-final second leg

PUBLISHED: 19:24 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:24 19 April 2018

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Good news for Arsenal fans travelling to Atletico Madrid. Bigwigs at the club have decided to subsidise tickets for the Europa League semi-final second leg away in the Spanish capital.

Atletico Madrid fans in the stands Atletico Madrid fans in the stands

The gesture will ensure 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 – meaning Arsenal 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.”

Read Rosie Tudball’s All Guns Blazing column raising this problem before Arsenal relented.

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