Why Is A Consumer Group Involved If The Consumers Aren’t Unhappy?

For many youngsters, the chance to walk out onto the pitch with their football heroes is a dream come true.

Indeed many clubs tell parents the package is the “ultimate gift your child will never forget”.

Mmmm-hmmm. OK.

Yet while many of the biggest clubs in the country, including Premier League champions Manchester City, do not charge for the opportunity, others are cashing in more than £700 per child.

Well, the larger clubs can afford to, with what they can charge for tickets. Not so the smaller clubs.

Martyn James, of consumer website Resolver, said: “It’s absolutely outrageous that some richer kids can effectively buy their way to the top of the mascot list.

“When I was younger, being a mascot was a reward for super loyalty or for having been through a great deal.

“Charging any money for these packages is unacceptable – and it’s pretty unknown too.

“It makes a mockery of all the things that our national game is supposed to represent.”

I thought it was supposed to represent poor sportsmanship, obscene salaries for utter scum and hooliganism, so a little bit of naked capitalism is actually a nice change!

Are the consumers unhappy with their deal?

Claire Blake, of Penarth, arranged for her eight-year-old son Cian to be a mascot before the Bluebirds’ game against champions Manchester City as a birthday gift in September.

“We were lucky to get such a big game but I’m not sure we would be happy paying the same amount for games against other teams,” she said.

“Cian got a kit, signed photos and met Neil Warnock and had a great time, but the seats were poor and it was a bit rushed meeting the players.”

Season-ticket holder Tracy Morgan paid for her eight-year-old son Leo to be a mascot.

She said: “It was very expensive but it was worth every penny to see my son’s face – and my husband’s.”

Ryan Moore bought a mascot package as a Christmas gift for his six-year-old son Niall.

He said: “It’s free for some big clubs like Liverpool but a money-making scheme at others and there are so many mascots that it dilutes the experience.

But we were pretty happy with the whole day. Niall loved it – apart from the team being hammered 4-1.”

They seem OK with it. So what business is it of Martyn?

6 comments for “Why Is A Consumer Group Involved If The Consumers Aren’t Unhappy?

  1. January 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Back in the day when I was a jousting Knight, the ladies would try to ‘catch one’s eye’ and offer to ‘allow’ we fighting chaps carry a bit of tat she’d throw. I can see now that I ought to have charged a fee.

  2. Pcar
    January 12, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Martyn James “It’s absolutely outrageous that some can effectively buy what they want”


    Envy, jealousy is the appropriate terminology.

    “I can’t afford 1st Class on BA, outrageous; ban it” – well I can’t either, but I don’t care; as I sit in cramped seat I thank those paying x10,20,50 more so I have a cheap seat.

    • January 13, 2019 at 6:24 am

      It’s an attitude I don’t understand. I can’t see the point in begrudging someone else’s way of spending their money. If they earned it, so what?

  3. mona
    January 12, 2019 at 9:21 am

    “Consumers satisfied”, absolutely outrageous its so offensive, who is behind this?, where is my MP?. “Obscene salaries for utter scum” I know, those BBC liars even dodge paying a lot of their Taxes.

  4. January 15, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    “It’s absolutely outrageous” are the opening words of a buffoon

    • mona
      January 15, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      Please quantify darling , I am constantly absolutely outraged, try watching speaker of HoC John Berkow, is it that or vomit?.

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