Midtjylland chiefs defend ticket prices amid Manchester United protests

FC Midtjylland have defended their Europa League ticket prices for tonight’s clash with Manchester United.

Fans are being charged £71 each to watch the last-32 first leg at the 11,800-capacity MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark, and United supporters are planning a protest against the cost during the match.

Southampton fans were charged just £22 when their team played Danish champions Midtjylland at the same venue in the Europa League play-off round in August.

FCM boss Jess Thorup said: “I think this is probably the biggest game in the history of this club.

“And I am very satisfied the club have decided to play here – we could have moved the game to a bigger stadium to get more spectators and maybe earn some more money, but we decided to play here.

“I haven’t heard a lot from our own fans about the price.

“Although I hear everyone is paying the same price, I think it is maybe a fair price.

“But I don’t think I have to get into an argument about this. I hope, at least, that everybody gets some value for their money.”

Thorup’s comments echo those of Midtjylland sports director Claus Steinlein.

Steinlein, quoted earlier on Wednesday by Ritzaus Bureau, said: “Overall, we can say we could have sold over 50,000 tickets for this match. So in relation to supply and demand, the price might have been even higher.

“This is what it costs to see such a match. So I think, in fact, we have been fair, and we’ve certainly had no trouble selling tickets.”

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