PLAY FAIR BY THE FANS

Picture: FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Dunfermline
Picture: FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Dunfermline
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Falkirk will raise a motion at the first SPFL meeting of 2014 to re-write the rulebook and unify home and away ticket prices.

The ‘Fair Pricing’ policy will be raised at the first opportunity after the Bairns’ supporters bus boycott for Saturday’s away trip to Dundee.

Entry to Dens Park was set at £20 for adults and £10 for concessions with no parent and child gate. While the home support was offered a £22 combined deal for the remaining sections of the ground.

That set-up abides by the SPFL regulations as single adult prices - the only constitutional requirement - were matched at both ends of the ground.

But Bairns general manager David White will propose a resolution when clubs next gather giving teams the right to set prices as they see fit, but with a requirement to offer the admission for both home and away sections of the ground, and for adults and concessions.

Mr White told The Falkirk herald: “It’s been raised by our fans but this affects all football fans across Scotland who travel to away games. It’s been on the agenda to consider ways to improve away fan attendance - so this is one way of improving the chances.

“It’s in the clubs’ interests too because Dundee lost out on the income of three busloads on Saturday. We should be encouraging fans of the future - like we have done with our free entry for under-12s. Dundee’s children were paying £2 with an adult - ours were charged £10 to watch the same match.”

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster is aware of the issue and proposal which will need a 75 per cent acceptance rate. Failure risks a repeat of the weekend’s cancellations.

Three supporters buses - Elliots, Colonial Bar and Falkirk Senior Bairns - cancelled their trips when Dundee’s pricing policy was announced.

Brian Stuart, Elliot’s bus convener told The Falkirk Herald: “It put us right off going - others felt the same so the bus was cancelled. Families could be paying more than £100 when you add the bus cost on - we’ve had enough.

“It’s particularly disappointing that not so long ago, when Dundee were struggling financially, Falkirk handed some of the gate to help them. Is this how we’re repaid?”

Falkirk Supporters Society wrote to their counterparts at Dee4Life who pledged to raise the issue with the club’s board.

The Falkirk Herald contacted Dundee FC on Thursday. Nobody was available for comment and calls on the subject were not returned.