FORMER Fulham defender Paul Parker launched a scathing assault on the “obscene” ticket costs at Craven Cottage this season.
The 59-year-old watched one other of his outdated groups Manchester United win 1-0 in West London on Saturday, however blasted: “It’s insulting to Fulham and soccer followers that they’re anticipated to pay something as much as £140-£160 to observe video games on the floor.
Fulham followers protest about ticket costs throughout their match towards Man UtdCredit score: Getty
Ex-Fulham and Man Utd defender Paul Parker has launched an assault on the rising ticket costs at Craven CottageCredit score: PA:Empics Sport
“I minimize my tooth as a participant on the membership within the early 80s. They aren’t a ‘Large Six’ membership within the Premier League, however the die-hard followers are among the many greatest I performed for throughout my profession.
“I’m indignant as a result of I really feel they should be handled higher. I’m delighted they held up yellow playing cards in protest throughout the recreation towards the value hikes – and I used to be happy to see the Manchester United followers joined in too.
“The sport itself was so drab and heading for one of many worst goalless attracts you can ever watch till Bruno Fernandes’ late winner for United.
“You watch 0-0 or 1-0 video games and they are often finish to finish and raise you out of your seat. This one was terrible.
“It simply annoys me that followers are anticipated to pay the speed nevertheless excessive golf equipment set the costs – after which should witness a bore fest like Saturday.
“If I paid £140-£160 to go to a present or live performance on the Royal Albert Corridor, I do know I’d be royally entertained.
“I simply don’t really feel it’s truthful for the soccer fan to should cough up these excessive costs to observe a second charge recreation of soccer for what must be an elite sporting occasion.
“How can they justify rising the value of tickets by 18 per cent – with the way in which the price of dwelling is right now on this nation?
“After all it could be the proper protest by boycotting video games, however I do know that may by no means occur. Soccer followers – and the Fulham supporters particularly – are extremely loyal.”
Parker, who received 19 England caps together with enjoying in six of the Three Lions’ video games within the World Cup finals in Italia all the way in which to the third-place play-off, additionally took a swipe at footballers ‘downing instruments’ and ‘not enjoying for the supervisor’.
He added: “It’s develop into a worrying pattern within the trendy recreation the place I maintain listening to gamers determine they don’t just like the supervisor anymore.
“They play beneath par within the hope that outcomes are poor and when the supervisor will get booted out they return to enjoying their correct recreation once more.
“As a former participant I’m simply appalled that anybody can play the sport and suppose like that.
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“Soccer isn’t golf, darts or snooker the place nearly all of the time you play as a person. It’s a workforce sport.
“Absolutely you need to perceive that by not doing what you have to be doing you’re simply letting down your team-mates and the followers who’ve paid to observe you give 100 per cent.
“I performed for 15 years – over 400 league video games – and I gave all the pieces every time I went out on the pitch.”
*PAUL joins former Fulham team-mate Tony Gale in a brand new fishing TV collection which is being filmed at The Ebro river within the Iberian Peninsula in Spain subsequent week.