May 14 – UEFA’s decision to stage next week’s Champions League final in Kiev “needs explaining” according to Liverpool’s head of club and supporter liaison.
Liverpool face holders Real Madrid on May 26 at the Olympic Stadium in Ukraine but fans have faced soaring flight fares and inflated hotel prices while the two clubs have been allocated just over 16,000 tickets each even though the venue holds 63,000.
Kiev residents are reported to be offering free accommodation for visiting fans after local hotels dramatically increased their prices.
“It suggests something in football is badly broken when the lifeblood of the game can be treated this way,” said liaison chief Tony Barrett. “The decision to hold the final at a location which is so difficult and so extraordinarily expensive to get to is one that needs explaining by those who made it.”
Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans has slammed the number of “overpriced” corporate package deals on offer, branding UEFA as “official ticket touts”.
Evans tweeted: “When did UEFA become official ticket touts by hiding them in packages? Scandalous prices… football is for everyone. Only 16,000 for both teams the rest in UEFA corporate packages. Disgrace.”
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