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Southampton sell full allocation for Leeds United clash despite controversy

Despite the price of away tickets at Elland Road sparking outrage among Southampton fans, the Saints have revealed that the club have managed to sell their full ticket allocation for their all-important trip to Yorkshire on the final day of the season.

It is not the first time clubs have criticised Leeds United's prices this season, with several Championship sides voicing their respective disappointment throughout the campaign.

Southampton sell-out away end at Elland Road

Southampton fans in the stands against Leeds United
Southampton fans were outraged at the price of away tickets for a trip to Elland Road. Photo by Icon Sport

Southampton sell full allocation for Leeds United clash

Leeds United vs Southampton is a possible automatic promotion-deciding encounter with just three points separating the two sides, who are third and fourth in the table respectively, at the time of writing.

On the one hand, then, it is perhaps no surprise to learn that the Saints have sold out their allocation for the match given the fascinating backdrop that could illuminate the match.

But, the news comes after several fans of the seaside club have voiced their dismay at the prices being charged by The Whites.

Leeds United charge £47 for an away ticket

The price of an away ticket for an adult in this match was £47 – the same fee for a home ticket in the same stand where the travelling supporters will be housed.

It has been an ongoing issue throughout the campaign with multiple clubs, most notably Southampton and Coventry City, angered by the price.

Leeds United have previously defended their decision, stating that they were willing to offer cheaper tickets to away fans if their opponents were to offer the same discount for Leeds fans in the reverse fixture. In some cases this was enough o overcome the issue, in others, it was not.

What have clubs said regarding the issue?

As you may expect, the vast majority of Championship clubs have had a negative reaction to the decision taken by the Yorkshire club, while even their own fans have voiced their concerns with the current pricing structure of tickets at Elland Road.

Coventry City voice concerns over decreased income

Earlier in the season, Coventry City voiced their concerns over Leeds United's proposed reciprocal offer regarding ticket prices, saying: “While we appreciate the cost to an individual supporter of this, the cost of a price reduction such as this for Leeds fans would be around £30,000 to Coventry City – based on Leeds bringing roughly 4,500 supporters.”

Leeds United fans unhappy with prices at Elland Road

Even the club's own fanbase have publicly criticised the prices of tickets at Elland Road, stating that ££47 is an extortionate amount of money for a Championship football ticket and it is something that many Leeds fans pay every home game. A sensible cap on ticket prices would solve the vast majority of these issues. ”

With those controversies in mind, and the relatively long trip Southampton will have to make for the fixture, their fanbase deserves a huge amount of credit for still selling out the away end at Elland Road.

Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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