Forest fans have hit out at being charged more than three times as much as Barnsley supporters for their Championship clash.

The travelling Forest fans are having to stump up £19 per ticket for the Oakwell Stadium fixture on April 4, compared to just £5 for Barnsley fans. All despite earlier reports suggesting that Nottingham Forest would be offering half price tickets for this fixture for those 1,150 away supporters who attended their drubbing recently at Turf Moor.

When Barnsley visited the City Ground last November both sets of fans were charged £10 per ticket.

Paul Ellis, chairman of Nottingham Forest Supporters Club, said: "When Forest have done their promotions, they included the away fans as well. It is not right."

After Barnsley announced its price for the upcoming game, Forest bosses called for the Football League to investigate but were told that nothing can be done about the issue.

A spokesman for Forest said: "We were happy to make a gesture to Barnsley fans earlier in the season and it is extremely disappointing that it has not been reciprocated.

He said: "There is nothing we can do. We will, however, learn from the experience."

A statement on the Barnsley Football Club website says: "This game is designated as a local promotion as per Football League rule 31.2.11."

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