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I have seen recently where UEFA President Michel Platini say that he thinks that match-fixing is the biggest threat to the future of football.

Yes, match-fixing should never happen - without any pre-amble it's cheating. Cheating your fellow players and cheating the fans.

But, in Britain I think one of the main things that is a threat is the rise in the cost of watching our glorious game.

In a report in October last year it was revealed that the cheapest adult ticket within the top four divisions of English football had risen by 11.7% while the average ticket had risen by 2.23 per game.

I was shocked a few weeks ago with the price of an average game ticket in London - and I think it's been well documented that Arsenal were charging Manchester City fans 62 to watch the game at the Emirates Stadium - and I understand that the cheapest season tickets at the Emirates are 975. That's nine hundred and seventy-five pounds a year. How can anyone justify paying that to watch football?

We were speaking on the forum the other day and at a recent game about 'when' the Millers get into the Premiership (yes, we are dreamers, but at least that's free!). And, to be honest, if those are the sort of prices that they are charging now I don't think I'd be going to many games.

Of course, I do realise that it's not just football where the costs have risen. Going to the theatre and cinema is also rising quickly as well as the transport to get you to these venues. But I really do think football in England has gone up more than anything else.

I think there has been some surprise that more away fans haven't visited the New York Stadium this season with it being the newest stadium in the football league but I'm sure it's the price of tickets that are putting people off and which, if something isn't done soon, is only going to get worse - and who wants to go to a stadium where there's no away fans and no atmosphere?

Surely it's time to 'cap' football - and I mean from top to bottom. Start with the players wages and go right down to the pies and cuppas. At the New York an adult will pay either 18 or 20 per league game to watch the Millers, which is about average for League Two - which, to be fair, is the old Division Four football.

I honestly feel that 15 is ample to watch lower league football with 30 being the absolute maximum to watch Premier League games - which is 32 less than Arsenal were recently charging Manchester City fans.

I really think it's about time someone 'high up' got involved and sorted out the sorry state our football is getting in to.

I feel if something isn't done soon live football for many will be a thing of the past which in the end could well lead to more and more clubs going out of business and a lot of people with only memories of supporting games.

And that would be a great shame.



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Date:Tuesday February 5 2013

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