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'Some Of Them Pay £100 To Go And Watch Manchester United. Oh My God!'

'Some Of Them Pay £100 To Go And Watch Manchester United. Oh My God!'

Derry City supporters unveiled a banner during their side's 2-1 win against Limerick at the Brandywell on Friday night.

"We're not boycotting. We're working class," it read.

It was in protest at a rise in ticket prices for Derry's upcoming Europa League first round qualifying game against Dinamo Minsk on Thursday.

Stand tickets for the game will cost £25, a considerable jump from the usual £14 for home games.

Some supporters had called for a boycott due to the increase.

Following criticism, Derry City cited the cost of the away trip to Belarus as a reason for the price hike. They also subsequently lowered prices for under-16s.

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Speaking to Simon Collins for the Derry Journal, Derry manager Kenny Shiels said that he had not spotted the banner. Understandably, he was more concerned with action on the pitch. He also criticised fans who are willing to pay to hundreds to travel and watch English clubs.

It was a really good performance. One in which everyone leaves thinking ‘what a really good game to watch’.

Some of them pay £100 to go and watch Manchester United. Oh my God! If you make comparisons and they take their kid with them it’s nearly £200 to go and watch the likes of that. So I think the crowd should be very pleased with what they’ve seen tonight.

Shiels added that he hopes a Derry crowd which has been poor in numbers of late will return to support a young team playing a "good brand of football".

Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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