Opposition reached a head after champions Manchester City returned 912 unsold tickets priced at £62 ($100) for Sunday’s game at Arsenal, while fans brandished banners reading “Don’t price us out of our game” and “£62 and we’re still here”.

The protest, compounded by claims that fans were threatened with arrest if they did not take down their placards, came after supporters of Manchester United and Liverpool got together last week to express their anger at escalating costs.

Having agreed a new domestic television deal worth a staggering £3.018 billion last year, the Premier League’s financial health could scarcely be more robust.

But a study by the High Pay Centre think-tank, quoted in British newspaper The Guardian, indicated that the fruits of success were not being shared with fans, as ticket prices in the top league rose by between 700 and 1,025 percent from 1989 to 2011.