Former Fulham defender Paul Parker launched a blistering attack on “obscene” ticket prices at Craven Cottage this season.
The 59-year-old watched another of his old teams, Manchester United, win 1-0 in west London on Saturday but fumed: “It is an insult to Fulham and football fans that they are expected to Pay up to £140 to £160.” Watch games at the ground.
“I cut my teeth as a club player in the early 80s. They’re not a big six Premier League club, but the die-hard fans are some of the best I’ve played for in my career.
“I’m angry because I feel like they deserve to be treated better. I was pleased that they held up yellow cards during the game in protest against the price increases – and I was pleased that Manchester United fans got involved too.
“The game itself was so monotonous and was heading towards one of the worst goalless draws you could ever see until Bruno Fernandes scored the late winner for United.
“You look at 0-0 or 1-0 games and they can be end-to-end and lift you from your seat. This one was terrible.
“It just annoys me that fans are expected to pay the price, no matter how high the clubs set the prices – and then have to experience a boring celebration like Saturday.”
“If I paid £140 to £160 to attend a show or concert at the Royal Albert Hall I would be royally entertained.
“I just don’t think it’s fair that football fans have to pay these extreme prices to watch a second-rate football match that should actually be a top sporting event.
“How can they justify an 18 percent increase in ticket prices given the cost of living in this country today?
“Of course boycotting games would be the perfect protest, but I know that will never happen. Football fans – and Fulham fans in particular – are incredibly loyal.”
Parker, who won 19 caps for England, including appearing in six games for the Three Lions in the World Cup final in Italy through to the third-place play-off, also took a swipe at footballers who “put down their weapons” and “don’t played”. for the manager”.
He added: “It has become a worrying trend in modern football that I keep hearing players deciding they no longer like the manager.”
“They underperform in the hope that the results will be poor and when the manager is sacked they go back to playing their normal game.”
“As a former player, I’m just appalled that anyone can play the game and think like that.
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“Football is not golf, darts or snooker, where you play as an individual player most of the time. It’s a team sport.
“Surely you have to understand that if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, you’re only letting down your teammates and the fans who paid for you to give 100 percent.
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“I played for 15 years – over 400 league games – and every time I stepped on the pitch I gave it my all.”
*PAUL joins former Fulham teammate Tony Gale in a new fishing TV series filming next week on the River Ebro on the Iberian Peninsula in Spain.