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Sir Alex Ferguson has joined the chorus of protest surrounding the pricing of Champions League final tickets, labelling the decision to hike the cost of seats as a “killer” for supporters.

The cheapest tickets for neutral supporters for the final on May 28 will cost £176, including a £26 administration fee.

It means the cost of attending European club football’s showpiece event will have almost doubled since 2009, a staggering statistic that has drawn strong condemnation from across football.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and his Chelsea counterpart, Carlo Ancelotti, have already expressed deep unease at the prices, and Ferguson has now joined the debate.

“It’s unbelievable and disappointing,” he said. “It’s a killer and a corporate deal, that.

“Managers and players can’t do anything about it. I don’t know what you can do. You have a booking fee also of £26 or whatever it is, so dearie me.”

“It was claimed last season that it was the end of a golden era for English football,” Ferguson said. “The evidence is there again that it’s not. Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and us have all been involved in finals in recent years.

“With Tottenham improving, they have replaced Liverpool this season. I don’t think Tottenham will only win, they will win comfortably [against AC Milan].

“Arsenal must have a chance after that result against Barcelona – they are not invincible. It won’t be easy against Marseille, but I think we have a good chance ourselves.

“I think Europe is aware of English football’s strength. The Premier League is a great league now.”

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