UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has backed a campaign to reduce the price of attending Premier League matches.
In parliament, almost 50 MPs have signed a motion calling on the league to cut the cost of individual and season tickets.
“Anyone who watches the Premiership can just notice, in the past year or couple of years, the rows of empty seats,” Blair said.
“It’s something I do not recall seeing in the same way four or five years back so I think there are very sensible market-based reasons for people to make sure the ticket prices aren’t beyond the reach of the ordinary fan.”
Blair said it was up to the clubs to decide whether to cut their prices but that “the logic of it is pretty clear”.
Season tickets to see top clubs in England cost four times more than in Germany, Holland and Italy.
The motion urges the Premier League to use at least some of the extra £325 million it will receive in overseas television rights to reduce ticket prices.
“It’s simply unacceptable that football’s recent cash bonanza isn’t getting back into fans’ pockets,” Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster said.
Government minister Jack Straw recently said some clubs were “fleecing the ordinary supporter” while Sports Minister Richard Caborn has referred to “sky-high ticket prices”.