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Liverpool Raise Questions Over Roma Semi-Finals Ticket Prices

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Roma are charging traveling Kopites £73 per ticket, and Reds are not too happy about that.

Liverpool v Villarreal CF - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

If Liverpool supporters wish to see their team face off against Roma in the second away leg, they will have to shell out some serious dough. The away tickets for the semifinal affair come in at £73 each, nearly double what Chelsea fans were forced to pay for the Group Stage match (£44.50).

Although no rules have been broken by the Serie A side, Liverpool fans feel the price is exorbitant, even for the special occasion. By comparison, Liverpool are charging Roma fans £48 for the away tickets in the first leg.

The club is now expected to formally discuss the matter with UEFA, though it is unclear what exactly can be done at this point.

The issue of away ticket prices has been a problem both domestically and continentally. The current UEFA rule states, “unless the associations or clubs concerned agree otherwise, the price of tickets for supporters of the visiting team must not exceed the price paid for tickets of a comparable category that are sold to supporters of the home team”

The language seems clear cut, but it is not so simple. For instance, Porto charged both Liverpool fans and home supporters tickets for €75 (£65.37), but offered a €25 (£21.80) discount for Porto members.

Roma, on the other hand, are selling tickets ranging from £56 to £139. Again, according to UEFA regulations, no rules were directly broken in either case (even if it is not exactly in the spirit of the rule).

For now, Liverpool supporters will have to open the wallets wide in order to get tickets.