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Real Madrid v Liverpool, the road to Kiev: Northern Ireland fans in desperate scramble to get to Champions League final

Liverpool fans from Northern Ireland were left desperately scrambling to get to Kiev for the Champions League Final after their flights were cancelled.

A number of flights to Kiev were cancelled after carrier Worldchoice Sports said it couldn't secure landing spots for planes at the Ukrainian capital's airport.

Three flights were cancelled but they managed to secure one chartered plane for fans who are going on a three-day trip.

The company has said they will issue refunds but have left disappointed fans frantically trying to make alternative arrangements.

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Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the final on Saturday night.

Richard Eaton from Donegal told the BBC's Good Morning Ulster how his flight was cancelled at the last minute.

"I phoned them on Wednesday and they said they would email the tickets and then they emailed to say they were having trouble with Kiev airspace," he said.

"We then got a message to say our flight had been cancelled.

"It was all systems go, I contacted my friends and family and we were trying all routes."

Mr Eaton explored a number of options in an attempt to get to Kiev.

"We had flights booked to go to Liverpool on Thursday," he said.

"We were considering a flight from Dublin to Moldova and then a six to eight hour drive.

"At the minute I was well over 124 phone calls, my son got a message saying they would be putting on a chartered flight for a three-day trip, we were only going for two days so we had to change our plans.

"Until I get on the plane I will not at ease, I'm still panicking abit."

But as luck would have it Mr Eaton got the all-important confirmation he had received his ticket to Kiev.

"We just got through and got our boarding passes printed, there is a lot of people who aren't on the list," he told the show.

"It's just a relief, I can breathe now again."

He said it would all be worthwhile if Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe.

"It's a costly way to go but at the end of the day when you're this far you have to try and go all the way," Mr Eaton said.

"Money couldn't buy what will happen if we win, it'll be unbelieveable.

"There's still around 100, maybe more who are still waiting to see if they can get through."

Liverpool FC have announced they will refund the tickets for fans who had been affected by the cancelled flights.

"Supporters who were booked on flight numbers ET8704 and ET8706, and those who were unable to travel on the rearranged ET8700 flight booked through World Choice Sport, will be able to claim the refund," a Liverpool FC spokesperson said.

"Refunds will be issued both at the ticket office at Anfield and via postal application."

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