Reading FC Supporters' Trust slam Manchester United and ITV for FA Cup prices and kick off time – Berkshire Live

The Supporters’ Trust at Reading FC (STAR) has reacted to the scheduling of Royals’ FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford later this month
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The Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) has hit out at Manchester United and ITV for ticket prices and scheduling of the FA Cup tie between the clubs later this month.
Royals head to Old Trafford for the fourth round clash in two weeks' time but the announcement of the date and time of the fixture on Friday afternoon has attracted plenty of criticism.
Visiting supporters face paying as much as £46 for the game, which has been set for an 8pm kick-off on Saturday, January 28.
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As well as the sky-high ticket prices, fans travelling on the train have also been left with having to pay for a hotel with no return trains beyond 9.30pm on the night.
Reading have received an allocation of 3,094 tickets from United for the game but owing to the prices and the difficulties in travel, the club are not expecting to sell out.
STAR have since released a statement, expressing their frustration both at United and ITV for putting so many obstacles in place for Royals supporters to attend the match in person.
"Given what the viable options were for the times of the game (12.30pm and 5.30pm on the Saturday), we are disappointed that ITV Sport has chosen 8pm, a time which will inconvenience a great many of our fans," the Trust said in a statement.
"At present, the last train back to Reading from Manchester is 9.25pm, meaning a return train journey on the same day is only possible if our fans are prepared to miss most of the second half of the match itself.
"STAR also notes that this is not just an 'us' problem and that it is not specific to this game. For too long, TV companies and football authorities have taken advantage of match going fans of all clubs.
"We also note that the pricing of the tickets at £46 per adult, means that many of our fans will be priced out of a game they were looking forward to, especially those with younger families who may have been excited about attending such a big game only to learn it's too expensive and so late.
"All in all, the two decisions leave a very bitter taste. We know our fans will travel in numbers, but we believe that, with a more sensible kick-off time and pricing structuring in place, we could take many more.
"We fully understand that money talks in the modern game, but that doesn't make it right. Fans at matches are the lifeblood of any club and this needs to be remembered."
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