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Newcastle to slash ticket prices for away fans

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Newcastle United are leading the way in a fan-backed campaign to bring the cost of Premier League away tickets down to £20.

The club is set to announce a reciprocal deal where they will charge visiting fans that price should theirs be given the same deal, according to The Independent.

Manchester United have also followed Liverpool and Arsenal in reducing the cost of every away ticket bought by their fans this season. United will take off £4, Arsenal £2.50 and Liverpool between £2 and £4 depending on the opposition.

The move comes after the Premier League announced the establishment of a £12 million fund - drawn from TV revenues - for the next three seasons which will ensure each of the 20 Premier League clubs set aside £200,000 each per season to help fans pay for away games.

The fund is a response to the Football Supporters' Federation's "Twenty's Plenty" petition, which argues £20 is a commercially viable figure to charge. The Premier League are hoping to counter a 9.6 percent reduction in away attendances last season, largely due to high costs.

"The one cost that every fan has to pay, regardless of how they travel and where from, is the price through the gate," said FSF chief executive Kevin Miles.

"Subsidised travel is fine for those who choose to travel by coach - and we welcome it - though that is not much use to the people who live nearer the away ground than the home stadium. It is the question of ticket prices that we are keenest to see explored. We are watching with interest to see what clubs come up with."

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