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Just crazy: Mauricio Pochettino himself tried to book a hotel
Just crazy: Mauricio Pochettino himself tried to book a hotel

By Robert Jones

Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have joined forces with supporters' clubs at Liverpool and Tottenham to condemn profiteering and ticket issues ahead of their Champions League final.

The Premier League rivals clash at Atletico Madrid's 67,800-capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1 after staging stunning comebacks in the penultimate round.

But fans are dismayed at only 16,613 tickets being allotted to each club, while the rocketing cost of attending the match on account of increased air fares and hotel rates has also provoked anger.

In a joint statement issued by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust and Spirit of Shankly, calls have been made for a cap on ticket pricing, transparency over allocation and consumer protection measures to be introduced to stop prices being forced up.

Klopp became the first manager to voice his concern by objecting to the opportunism of the travel industry, while rounding on Uefa for their selection of Baku as the host city for the Europa League final, which will be contested by Arsenal and Chelsea.

"These decisions, they must be much more sensible. It just looks irresponsible," the Liverpool boss said. "A solution maybe, in the cities who get the final, maybe they have to make a price cut? I heard a room that is normally £100 is now £2,700? Just crazy!

"Madrid is unbelievably expensive but who decides Baku for a European final? Or Kiev? I don't know what the people who decide these things have for breakfast."

Pochettino experienced the rising prices first-hand when he attempted to book travel to Madrid in the hope that friends and family would be able to attend.

"We started to talk with the club today (Friday) to organise and see how it is going to work," he said. "Yesterday I was calling some hotels to try and book some rooms because I don't know if my family and some people from Argentina are going to be there.

"It was so difficult and the prices are so crazy."

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