UEFA issued over 5800 tickets to the Chelsea FC ahead of the Saturday’s Champions League final with Manchester City, prompting a huge demand for 2,800 tickets sold through independent transport.
The unsold tickets, on the other hand, constituted part of a charter package that included £200 (N116,826) discounted flight.
The 50,000 capacity Estádio do Dragão Stadium scheduled to stage this season’s all-English final in Porto, Portugal has been confirmed to contain over 16,500 spectators, respectively.
However, the European Union has been criticized entirely for its pricing policies, with Tickets range in price from 70 euros (N35,305) to 400 euros (N201,829).
The governing body of European football, though, is suffering major financial difficulties.
Uefa’s pre-Covid19 reserves of 500 million euros ( N252,290,680,700) are expected to have reduced to just over 100 million euros (N50,459,538,870) by 2023. The expense of shifting the European Championship back a year, which resulted in discounts to broadcasters and sponsors and refunds to ticket holders, as well as the expense of Covid19 testing and mitigation measures for the rescheduled competition, has resulted in a financial effect.
It reveals why Uefa was so eager to have both of their prestigious tournament finals played in front of fans and to secure supporter numbers promises from Euro 2020 locations.
Chelsea Supporter Trust board member Dan Silver said:
“Uefa’s lack of care for fans has again come to the fore.”
“They came to be our friends over the European Super League but now they have turned their backs on us again.
“Uefa’s insistence on having charter flights – initially linked to 90% of tickets, which the clubs pushed back on – spending only 24 hours in Portugal with added Covid testing and additional costs have made it very prohibitive.
“Selling tickets for up to 400 euros (N201,829) for a limited access final with unnecessary travel is outrageous when there were obvious solutions closer to home.”
Both Chelsea and City had 6,000 tickets set aside for their fans who wanted to travel to Portugal for the match. The newly released general ticket sale is divided into several categories, as follows:
Category 4: €70 (N35167), Category 3: €180 (N90, 429) Category 2: €450 (N 226,073), and Category 1: €600 (N301431). Accessibility tickets for disabled spectators are available for N35, 167 (ticket priced at Category 4 rate and one companion ticket provided for free).