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PREMIER League clubs would have to increase prices by an average of £25 a ticket to break even.

Title-chasing Manchester City would need to charge every fan an extra £161 per game to wipe out giant losses.

Fellow big spenders Chelsea, with £50million Fernando Torres in their squad, would have to put £77 on their prices.

And lowly Aston Villa (£63), QPR (£49) and Bolton (£48) would also need to impose massive hikes.

The report, produced by the Financial Fair Play website, lays bare the perilous nature of top clubs’ finances.

It reveals how some have become heavily reliant on wealthy owners and income from TV and commercial deals to combat massive turnstile losses.

Only Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves make enough profit not to need to subsidise match day tickets.

The report says though big spending Manchester City’s appearance at the top of the subsidy league would “surprise few”, the level of “loss per ticket” was “shocking”.

It adds: “Perhaps more surprising are the unsustainable subsidies provided to Aston Villa and Bolton fans.”

The analysis is based on clubs’ profit before tax over the past three seasons.

The report says that if Uefa enforce financial fair play rules and start exclud- ing big loss makers from the Champions League and Europa League, financial meltdown could follow.

“The results could be disastrous,’’ the report states.


Amount added to ticket to break even

Manchester City £161
Chelsea £77
Aston Villa £63
Queens Park Rangers £49
Bolton Wanderers £48
Sunderland £36
Liverpool £22
Newcastle United £18
Wigan Athletic £17
Fulham £15
Blackburn Rovers £12
Norwich City £9
Swansea City £8
Everton £7
Stoke City £7
West Bromwich Albion £2

Amount some clubs could afford to take off ticket and still break even
Wolverhampton W £4
Tottenham Hotspur £13
Manchester United £15
Arsenal £28 - Daily Star

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