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Summary

  1. BBC Sport's Price of Football study is released
  2. English football ticket price rise almost double rise of cost of living since 2011 at 13%
  3. Sports minister 'concerned' by ticket price rise
  4. Fifa and Uefa criticise troubles in abandoned Serbia v Albania qualifier
  5. GET INVOLVED on #priceoffootball: Tell us your experiences of following your team

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By Luke Reddy, Gary Rose and Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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What a day!

BBC Sport's Price of Football study has revealed some fascinating findings not least the average price of the cheapest tickets across English football

has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.

But it's time to say farewell. I'm going to leave you to work out the cost of being a fan this season by using the

Price of Football calculator on the BBC Sport website. Have fun!

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James in Swindon via text: I didn't renew my Swindon Town season ticket this year. With prices up to £27 for a third-tier match day ticket, this minimum wager won't be visiting the County Ground too much this season.

British fans head overseas

Price of Football

German club Borussia Dortmund say they are attracting around 1,000 British fans for every home game as the price of travelling overseas still comes cheaper to fans from these shores than visiting their chosen UK club.

A Borussia Dortmund supporter
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According to BBC Sport's Ben Smith, when it comes to the fans, "Germany is the shining light". You can

watch his report from Dortmund on the BBC Sport Website.

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Lee Watkins: German football has it totally right, the fact that 1,000 English fans are going to Dortmund says it all.

Seamus in Warsaw: Teabags 150/£3 = 2p, +milk/sugar/water = 8p? + 2p plastic cup, 8p for tea lady = 16p. Fair price less than 50p?

Connor Woolf: Ticket prices go up every year yet so does the TV money clubs get. Sums up English clubs, all about ££££.

Man City aiming for first silverware

Women's Football

Thursday could be a landmark day for Manchester City Women as they

aim to win their first major trophy when they take on Arsenal in the Continental Cup final at Wycombe's Adams Park.

Nick Cushing's side finished fifth in their first season in the top division of the Women's Super League.

Striker Toni Duggan tells BBC Radio Manchester: "We never set any targets this year, but in my head all I was thinking about was not getting relegated. Some of the girls had never played at this level before - there were a couple of internationals coming in, but not many."

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Max via text: A trip to watch Aberystywyth Town is significantly cheaper than Wrexham...just £5 for a pint, hot dog and ticket on student nights! Plus, thanks to the questionable defending in the Welsh League, you're always sure of a goal fest.

Making tea can be expensive - Colchester

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Cup of tea
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Colchester United's general manager Tim Waddington explains to BBC Look East about having the most expensive matchday ticket and cheapest tea in League One:

Waddington says: "You have to make sure you are offering value for money. To put a teabag in a cup and add hot water shouldn't be an expensive process, but it is at a lot of clubs.

"For us, we have to make money from ticketing. Financial fair play will make a big difference to us as a football club in terms of revenues that we generate. What we have to address is the perception of price. We have to make sure that people understand that they can buy their tickets in advance for a cheaper price."

While Colchester sell some tickets at the gate for £30, they can be picked up for £22 in advance. The club's cheapest adult ticket is £15 in the South Stand, with the club also allowing Under-11s in for free all season with a paying adult in their family section.

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Evo-Stik League Grantham Town

on Twitter: Discussing the Price of Football? This Saturday Workington visit The Meres. £10 adults, £6 concessions, U16s £2.

Blades in Ched Evans talks

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says he has had

talks with club officials about the possibility of Ched Evans returning to the Blades after his release from prison. Evans, 25, was sentenced to five years in jail after being found guilty of rape in April 2012. He is set to be released from prison later this week. "We've had one or two discussions and the owners will make a decision on it," Clough tells BBC Radio Sheffield.

How much is a goal worth?

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Everyone loves celebrating a goal but how much is it worth?

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The

BBC Sport Price of Football study worked out how much it cost you to see each home goal at your club last season if you had purchased the cheapest season ticket available.

Norwich came in at a hefty £29.38 with Arsenal at £27.36. Elsewhere an Aston Villa goal cost £14.77 and a Luton Town strike £4.69.

Manchester City's cheapest season ticket at £299 means some fans only paid £4.75 for each time City notched at the Etihad.

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Chris Plowman: Clubs couldn't care less about the experience and cost. They know they have a captive audience and they will exploit that.

Alex Wall: I made Morecambe my team after supporting Liverpool. Fans and club much friendlier and cheaper.

Jon Evans: Financially it would be better for teams to fill a stadium with cheap tickets than not. Tickets worth less than commercial.

Arsenal 'not pricing out youngsters'

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Arsenal have the most expensive season ticket in the top flight at £2,013, although it includes seven credits for cup competitions. Their cheapest season ticket is £1,014, which is more than 17 Premier League clubs charge for their most expensive one.

Lois Langton, chair of the Independent Arsenal Supporters' Association, tells London 94.9:

"We have done a lot of work with Arsenal to try and make sure that, whilst there are higher-end ticket prices, there are also tickets at the lower end so that people from all walks of life can get into the Emirates to watch matches.

"Arsenal do now have three categories of ticket prices. You can watch this coming Saturday's match against Hull for £26. There are not many Premier League clubs where you can watch a game for that much. We need to focus on those aspects as well and make sure clubs are encouraged to carry on with initiatives like that.

"There are different options if you are a family; there are family enclosure tickets and Arsenal have a Young Guns enclosure where 12 to 16-year-olds can go in for as little as £10. You don't want to price out the younger generation."

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The 19-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy will be quizzed by racing stars of the future in a special BBC Radio 5 live show later. McCoy features in a Jockeys' Question Time from 19:30 BST where he speaks to trainee riders at the British Racing School in Newmarket.

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Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard says he understands fans' worries on the rising cost of watching football, but thinks legal issues could scupper attempts to impose a salary cap on Premier League players. Would a salary cap help reduce prices?

Keith Goulding on Facebook: A salary cap and a transfer fee cap should be brought in. Football has not been a working class spectator sport since 1992/93.

Gav Clarke on Facebook: Salary caps work well in the United States. They need to implement it in football. Money has killed the great game.

James Chapman on Facebook: Footballers need to stop wanting so much money. Owners need to stop paying so much money.

North east battleground

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Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley
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Newcastle offer a low category ticket for only a small number of games, but when they do, it is £15, with a further £8.30 spendable on a pie, programme and tea.

A day out at Carlisle will cost £25 and it is £33.20 at Sunderland.

Sports minister 'concerned' by ticket rise

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Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

The Government is "really concerned" about the rising cost of tickets, and has asked for football clubs to review their pricing.

Minister for Sport Helen Grant tells the BBC: "I feel clubs really must not take their fans for granted. I can see why fans are cross. I'm cross. Fans are the lifeblood of the game, without the fans we won't have football the way we know it.

"To take a family of four to a Premier League match now you're talking about £130, and that's before petrol, parking, a programme, hot dogs, burgers and a drink. That is just not affordable for most families so clubs really do need to look at this."

See Dan Roan's interview with Helen Grant on the BBC Sport website.

What makes Kidderminster's pies special?

Price of Football

The BBC's Price of Football study found Conference side Kidderminster Harriers' pies to be the most expensive at £4.50 each.

Caterer Brian Murdoch tells BBC Hereford & Worcester why the pies at Aggborough are so special: "We serve them in a foil dish, 90% full with cottage pie and with a small brown potato topping.

"They're served piping hot and they weigh about a pound and a half, so they're quite substantial. People don't ever complain about the cost - in fact they want bigger pies. People come to Harriers for the food and watch the football while they're eating."

Fleetwood growing from hundreds to thousands

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Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood, on having the cheapest season ticket in League One, tells

BBC Radio Lancashire: "I think it's a reflection on the club we are and what we're having to do really, to keep moving the supporter along in the right direction.

"We sit down weekly as a management team and reflect on our support with the statistics and the data.

"We're conscious that we are still growing from an organic situation where we had a 173 supporters 10 years ago, to now shy of 4,000 on average this season.

"We're constantly analysing ways and strategies of reaching out to more and more people who might not be regular supporters at other clubs."

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Cam Russell

on Twitter: Having looked at the BBC Price of Football I might move to Portugal and become a Porto fan.

Brad Cavill

on Twitter: Don't see what the point is in complaining about Premier League ticket prices. It's never going to change now. Too late.

Jason Roberts

on Twitter: Burton Albion the cheapest day out in League Two. A well run club that continues to progress without spending a fortune.

Keke Coulthard

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David Coulthard
David Coulthard

David Coulthard on Twitter: "What do you think of the resemblance to your dad, Nico Rosberg, 1982 FW 8C."

McCarthy 'feels for Ipswich fans'

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The BBC's Price of Football study reveals Ipswich Town's most expensive season ticket of £805 is the second highest in the Championship.

The Tractor Boys' boss Mick McCarthy has been reacting, telling BBC Look East: "I feel for football fans turning up and watching us because it's an expensive gig to come to.

"But you know if I can continue getting the most out of my team and getting them winning, what happens is Ipswich Town fans will be coming they will be delighted to come and pay for the pie, pint and ticket and watch the team. Ultimately it is supposed to be entertainment."

McDowell wins opener

Golf

Graeme McDowell began the defence of his World Match Play title by beating France's Alexander Levy 3&2 in Wednesday's opening match.

Four birdies in the first six holes set the Northern Ireland player on his way at the London Golf Club near Maidstone.

Dutchman Joost Luiten beat Mikko Ilonen by one hole, while Henrik Stenson halved with George Coetzee.

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Jo Sims from Bristol: "I only get paid every 4 weeks, the government take too much of it already..look at the attendance for England the other night, the FA need to come down to our level or risk alienating fans."

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Des in Northampton on text: I bought a Northampton Town season ticket last year. I nailed it to a tree. Went back next day and someone had taken the nail.

We've had some amusing responses to BBC Sport's Price of Football study. This one had the Sportsday Live team chuckling.

Lampard supports 'brave' Sterling

BBC Radio 5 live

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Former England international Frank Lampard says he is "upset" at criticism of Raheem Sterling, after he complained of tiredness before England's Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.

The teenage Liverpool forward was left out of Roy Hodgson's starting line up as a result. Lampard said Sterling made a "brave" decision to bring it up with the England boss.

"I actually have lied at times, when I've felt too tired, and carried on playing,"

he tells BBC Radio 5 live. "He [Raheem] could've started again and got injured."

Focus on Wales

The BBC's Price of Football study reveals Wrexham are the cheapest day out in Wales for a football fan. The cost of a cheap category ticket, pie, tea and programme trumps anything in the south of the country.

Maybe that sways you if you live in mid-Wales? You can spend the savings on a scarf to keep you warm.

Price of football table for Welsh clubs
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Gary Lineker

BBC Sport

"Ticket prices continue to rise to see our teams. Football has to act soon!

"Given the huge revenue from TV rights the avarice in the game is inexcusable. Football needs full stadiums to maintain its popularity."

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Daniel Hodgkin

on Twitter: The biggest rip off is not the Premier League, but lower leagues. Paying £20 a time to see Fourth Division football? Madness!

Thomas Hewitt

on Twitter: The cost of going to matches in Spain, Portugal and Germany embarrasses English football. Clubs should be ashamed and take action.

Rob Summerfield

on Twitter: Decent ordinary people are being exploited and priced out. Hence no atmosphere, middle class crowds.

Do you feel priced out of football? Tweet #priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

Fans don't care about price rise?

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"Supporters' laissez-faire attitude to spiralling ticket prices means the cost of watching football will continue to rise,"

writes the Daily Telegraph's Josh Warwick.

"We don't care that the Gunners charge almost 10 times more for their cheapest season ticket than the infinitely more successful Barcelona and Bayern Munich. We don't care that Chelsea's 'cheapest' match day ticket is £50, and we couldn't care less that Barnet (of the Conference) charge fans £49.90 for a shirt.

"The point is, football supporters will tolerate such treatment. And the clubs know it...there is undoubtedly a huge sadness about all of this; that football is no longer the working man's game and that it hasn't been for some time. A generation of youngsters whose parents can't afford trips to The Emirates, Stamford Bridge or even Brisbane Road have grown up without the opportunity of enjoying the magic that comes only with watching the game live."

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Toni Duggan says it is a "massive achievement" for Manchester City Women to reach the Continental Cup final.

City finished fifth in their maiden Women's Super League campaign and face Arsenal on Thursday as they look to win their first major cup competition. Nick Cushing's side won four of their five group matches in the competition to progress straight to the semi-finals, where they beat Chelsea 1-0.

"I'm buzzing for it. I can't wait," striker Duggan, 23,

told BBC Radio Manchester. "Especially because it's our first one, a new club, our first season and the girls are buzzing, because for some of them it's their first final."

Focus north west

Markus Olsson
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The BBC Sport

Price of Football study contacted 21 clubs in the north west of England. the most expensive day out when summing the four products is at Liverpool and Manchester City - both £45.80.

Swansea 'a model' for other clubs

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Swansea City is a model for other clubs in the Premier League, says football finance expert Tom Cannon.

BBC Sport's Price of Football study has found Swansea's most expensive season ticket costs less than the cheapest at nine Premier League clubs.

"Swansea City are very commendable in their approach,"

said Professor Cannon of the University of Liverpool. "What you've had at Swansea City is a very steady investment in the team...while at the same time offering the fans a pretty good deal."

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Matt Dann in Cambridge on text: I ditched overpriced Premier League football a few years back in favour of the lower leagues. I pick a team at random each season to follow for a few games. This season it's Grimsby.

Elton in London on text: When I was a kid I saved up for over half a season to buy the Spurs replica kit. I was ecstatic when I finally got my hands on it. Three weeks later, the club announced that they were changing the shirt sponsors and therefore the kit for the following season. I was devastated. Haven't bothered buying a kit since.

James in London on text: Arsenal's season tickets may be expensive, but they also include seven home cup games, as well as the 19 home league games. This is something that is constantly ignored in these ticket price comparison surveys.

What's the price of following your team? Tweet #bbcpriceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

Krul injury boost

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Newcastle United are confident goalkeeper Tim Krul will be available for Saturday's match against Leicester City.

Earlier, the club said scans on Krul's elbow injury revealed

ligament damage. But further tests have revealed the 26-year-old has nothing more than a very minor elbow injury.

Kids get shirty

David Beckham junior shorts on sale in Paris
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Newport County, Coventry City and Walsall all offer fans a junior shirt for a shade under £25 but are the only clubs in England's top four divisions to do so.

Manchester City sell the most expensive junior shirt in England at £42 but the prices are much higher on the continent with Porto asking for £66, Real Madrid almost £59 and Paris St-Germain close to £55.

The cheapest junior shirt

our study found was at Brechin - £20.

Eastleigh reaping the rewards

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Conference club Eastleigh have the cheapest season ticket in English football (£105) in the Price of Football survey.

Eastleigh's home stadium
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Managing director Steward Donald told BBC Radio Solent: "The results of the survey did not surprise us. We knew our season tickets were good value for money and in the current financial climate that is what you need to do if if you want to build your fanbase.

"We didn't pay any attention to what anyone else was charging. What we worked out is at £105 it roughly worked out at £5 a game and we priced it so with a pint costing £2.50 you could have a couple of pints for £10. To bring your kids that's free, so with a couple of burgers you can have a family day out for £20.

"Our average gate is up 130%. I expect it to be 100% up for the season and if we were charging £250-£300 for a season ticket realistically that rise would not happen."

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Leicester fan Danny Corbett: I refuse to be over-charged by my club, I'll go on reduced ticket prices and buy the shirt in sales.

Aaron Law: Football is incredibly expensive but people continue to pay for it so it will never change.

Coach Worth: The rising price of football is not limited to the UK. Prices in new stadiums in Brazil have marginalised fans too.

How much does it cost you to follow your team? Tweet #priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

How to win a new audience?

Price of Football

We have heard BBC Radio 5 live pundit Kevin Kilbane champion the idea of free entry for under-16s at matches, currently only Fleetwood offer such a deal.

Interestingly, Stevenage tell us that this season they have offered season ticket membership at £25 for Under-12s and seen a 197% increase in membership for the age group compared to last season.

Walcott close to return?

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Arsenal's Theo Walcott
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Elsewhere, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will play his first game of football for over nine months on Friday, according to the

Daily Telegraph.

Walcott, 25, has been out since 4 January with a cruciate knee ligament injury that forced him to miss the World Cup. But the report claims Walcott is in line to start for Arsenal's Under-21 team against Blackburn after starting full training on Monday.

Lampard defends 'brave' Sterling

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Ben Smith

BBC Sport

"Frank Lampard tells BBC Radio 5 live that he is upset that Raheem Sterling has been criticised. Describes him as a 'brave' young player."

Liverpool forward Sterling, 19, complained of tiredness before England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia on Sunday. England manager Hodgson has since questioned Liverpool's fitness regime, which is based on a "two-day recovery" system.