Liverpool and Tottenham fans release joint statement over Champions League final ticket prices
Fan groups of Liverpool and Tottenham have hit out at UEFA over the price it will cost them to travel to Madrid for next month's Champions League final.
The two teams both secured their places in the final with jaw-dropping comeback victories earlier in the week against Barcelona and Ajax.
That led to a scramble for flights, accommodation and match tickets from both sets of fans, desperate to see what will be a rare all-English final.
However, prices have sky rocketed for all three, not helped by the fact that both teams have only been allocated 16,000 tickets each, leading to outcry.
Fans are having to pay upwards of £2,000 simply for an overnight stay in Madrid in order to see the game, with many finding themselves unable to afford the travel.
That has led to two supporter groups, the Spirit of Shankly and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, issuing a joint statement protesting against it.
They have called upon UEFA to have more "transparency" over ticket prices and allocation, while also urging them to "stop cashing in on fan loyalty".
The joint statement read: "This has been a sensational European Champions League campaign for Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC. Fans of both clubs are now looking forward to what will be a special occasion in Madrid on 1 June.
"But our joy at reaching the final is tempered by the prices of travel, accommodation and tickets, and by the allocation of tickets.
"Prices of flights to Madrid and surrounding towns have rocketed by up to 840%. Hotel rooms are over £1,000 a night and we are hearing stories of room bookings being cancelled and resold at vastly inflated rates.
"Ticket prices of in excess of £500 are also extortionate. And there needs to be transparency from UEFA and our clubs in how tickets are priced and allocated.
"For many fans, this final is not a one-off event. It is the culmination of a journey that has seen fans spending thousands of pounds travelling to six cities in each club’s campaign, bringing the spectacle and atmosphere that is a key part of the product so prized by television.
"It is time to stop cashing in on fan loyalty. As the independent supporter organisations at both clubs we are calling for:
- A cap on ticket pricing
- Transparency over allocation
- Consumer protection measures to stop prices being forced up exponentially and to stop practices such as repricing existing deals".
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