London, June 8 : The cost of being a football fan in Britain has doubled over the last ten years - with the average bill for supporting a Premier League side being a whopping 2,976.25 pounds a year, a new study has revealed.
In 1997, fans had to shell out only 1,658.75 pounds to follow their team, says the study by the Conservatives.
But now footie enthusiasts have been forced to dig deep for inflation-busting hikes in admission prices.
Season tickets to watch stars like Liverpool's Steven Gerrard have almost doubled to nearly 600 pounds.
And driving down to the average away game, a 200-mile round trip, costs just under 32 pounds, as compared to less than 19 pounds a decade ago.
For replica shirts, fans fork out about 10 pounds more at 35 pounds, compared to 25 pounds.
Shadow Chancellor George Osborne said the figures showed how hard-working families were hit by runaway price rises.
"The rising cost of living is hitting football fans. Instead of easing the burden, Labour are making it worse by clobbering them with tax rises on booze, motoring and pay," The Sun quoted him, as saying.
"Fans think it's time Gordon Brown was shown a red card," he added.