Jurgen Klopp questions Champions League final ticket allocation after fan group blasts UEFA

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Jurgen Klopp has expressed his dissatisfaction with UEFA’s allocation of tickets for the Champions League final, which will take place in Paris later this month, he has acknowledged that he understands some fans’ dissatisfaction with the accessibility and cost of tickets.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp questions Champions League final ticket  allocation after fan group slams UEFA - CNN

The match between Liverpool and Real Madrid will take place on May 28 at the Stade de France, which has a capacity of 75,000 spectators. According to UEFA, each team will receive 20,000 tickets, which they will sell to their own fans to make up the difference.

The remaining allocation will be filled by 12,000 general admission sales, which will be allocated through a lottery, with the remaining 23,000 seats reserved for UEFA, national associations, commercial partners, and broadcasters, as well as hospitality seating and other special events.

The application window for general admission tickets closed on April 28, nearly a week before the second legs of the deciding semi-final between Liverpool and Real Madrid were to be played.

With just over half of the stadium expected to be filled by club-sold tickets, Jurgen Klopp expressed concern about where the remaining tickets would be distributed.

“Is it correct that we only get 20,000, they only get 20,000, and there are 75,000 people in the group? There are 35,000 tickets left over. What happened to these tickets?” In a press conference on Friday, Jurgen Klopp expressed his gratitude to the fans.

“Simply put, it all boils down to financial considerations. UEFA is not, and has never been, the patron saint of football. What they have with the Champions League is a fantastic product… and if you had asked me, I would have said that we would never have to change that.

Klopp questions allocation of just 20,000 for Liverpool's Champions  League final against Real Madrid - The Athletic

“But, obviously, they’ve lost a little bit of money here and a little bit of money there, and the quickest way to make up for it is to raise the ticket prices everywhere. That’s just the way life is.”

In accordance with UEFA regulations, Liverpool confirmed on Thursday that it had been allocated 19,618 tickets for the final, with 382 seats reserved for associates of players, club staff, and VIPs, as well as 382 seats reserved for club officials.

Prices begin at £50.32, which represents 23.3 percent of the club’s allocation, and rise to a maximum of £578.63. The majority of allocated tickets are priced at £125.79, accounting for 55.7 percent of the total number of tickets available to Liverpool supporters.

A reduction in ticket prices will not be offered to children (under the age of 16), juniors (ages 17-21), or seniors (over the age of 65).

UEFA is not a poor organization, but you seem to want more

An open letter to UEFA was sent out on Friday by the Spirit of Shankly supporters’ union, which stated that fans were “tired of being ripped off” and criticized the allocation of tickets for “loyal supporters.”

“As a result of the scarcity of tickets, thousands of people will miss out on the opportunity to visit Paris. Once more, thank you very much “The letter stated that

Aleksander eferin, speaking out against the failed Super League, said: “I can’t understand how you are able to see your fans protesting and not care about it.” You don’t need more money because you have plenty of it already; you aren’t in a financial bind.”

Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool players he has a 'demon' inside him to instil  fear into his squad - Mirror Online

“Mr. Eferin, it appears that Liverpool fans are protesting, and you don’t appear to be bothered by it. UEFA is not a poor organization, but you seem to want more. And there’s more.

“Football fans have had enough of being taken advantage of. They’re fed up with watching their team make it to the finals, but they can’t get a ticket to go. As well as being tired of exorbitant prices.

After that, the statement concluded, “It is past time for UEFA to recognize the power of fans and the importance of fans above sponsorships.”

When asked for comment on the statements made by Klopp and Spirit of Shankly, UEFA directed CNN to the information on their website about ticket allocation.

The European Football Association (UEFA) announced earlier this week that it had changed its plans to offer 5,000 free tickets to each club after consulting with the four semifinalists. Instead, it would subsidize tickets for fans, allowing them to be purchased at a discounted price.

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