The Man City captain believes the Premier League risks serious problems if the cost of watching football continues to spiral upwards.
Vincent Kompany has warned the Premier League not to price out loyal fans – or risk ruining “the most beautiful and most successful football league in the world”.
The Manchester City captain believes there is a danger that games will be played in front of businessmen and tourists if action is not taken on ticket prices.
And he says there is enough money in the English game for diehard supporters not to be bled dry by clubs.
A huge new TV deal worth £5.1bn to Premier League clubs kicks in this summer flooding the Premier League with even more cash.
Kompany insists action must be taken before there is a further revolt from fans following recent protests by Liverpool supporters and the ‘twenty is plenty’ demonstrations over the cost of away tickets.
In an interview with De Tijd , he said: “We’re at a tipping point. If you just look at the numbers, today everything is going well.
“The turnover increases every year, the budgets of the clubs rise with each year, more supporters worldwide watch English professional football.
“Is that capitalism at its best? You would think so, but it’s not the case. Look at the protests against the clubs that raise their ticket prices every year. There’s a latent cynicism that is assuming ever greater proportions.
“Eventually, you push out the diehard fans.”
Kompany, who studied business administration, added: “If nothing happens, that could one day lead to the whole system of the Premier League crashing.
“Look at what happened recently in Liverpool, where fans protested against the increase in ticket prices by leaving the stadium. That illustrated that a system that doesn’t create value for all of his stakeholders could implode.
“You can’t wring the fans and not expect it to turn out negatively.”
Kompany believes the Premier League experience could be ruined by a proliferation of tourists and corporate guest if loyal fans are priced out.
“You’ll get stadiums filled with businessmen and tourists who leave the stadium 10 minutes the end to avoid traffic games. You lose atmosphere.
“In time, that becomes a threat to the popularity and therefore also the revenue stream for English football.
“People are only willing to pay so much for Premier League football because it’s not just the football that’s great but the whole atmosphere around it.
“The Premier League has a huge advantage over other leagues, including financially. Well, I say: ‘Give up a part of that advantage for the fans.’
“That’s shared value. Let the fans feel the benefit and in the long-term English football will only get better.”