Liverpool and Real Madrid have each been allocated 16,626 tickets each for the Champions League final in Ukraine later this month, UEFA has said.
The final is being held in Kiev at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, with its capacity for the game being set at 63,000 — lower than the ground’s overall capacity of 70,050.
Liverpool have released figures breaking down where their ticket allocation will be distributed, with 63 percent of it going towards general supporters and a quarter set aside for a contractual supporter allocation
Matchday officials, first-team players, former players and media will receive 11 percent, while commercial partners will take up one percent of the allocation.
Liverpool season ticket holders and members who have attended seven or more games in the Champions League this season (qualifiers excluded) are guaranteed a ticket for the final. However, those who have been to six matches will be placed in a ballot.
A UEFA spokesperson told ESPN FC: “The two teams who reach the final will receive 17,000 each, while 6,700 tickets have already been offered for sale to fans worldwide via UEFA.com, meaning that the majority (approximately 65 percent) of tickets go to finalist fans and general public.”
European football’s governing body say the rest of the tickets are then allocated to “the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to serve the corporate hospitality programme.”
Josh Sexton, from Liverpool supporter podcast The Anfield Wrap, admits the small allocation is not a surprise, but frustrating given how many fans will miss out.
“It’s little surprise to see how out of touch UEFA are with fans once again and it’s not the first time Liverpool, among many other clubs’ supporters, have had complaints about the allocations for European finals,” he told ESPN FC.
“UEFA say a total of 40,700 tickets have gone to fans, yet the allocation for both sides is just shy of 17,000. Some tickets have already been sold to fans who may not be supporters of either team.
“Once again, a large portion of dedicated supporters will miss out on the biggest game Liverpool have been involved in for over a decade.
“Football without the fans is nothing and it’s about time bodies like UEFA paid the most important people in football more attention.”
Tickets are split into four price categories, with the most expensive costing £394 and the cheapest set at £61 or £48 with a restricted view. Just 16 percent of Liverpool’s allocation is in the cheapest price category, while six percent of it is in the most expensive. Twenty-seven percent are in category two (costing £280 or £223) and 51 percent in category three (costing £140 or £109).
“Me and my friends were hit with the reality that it’s going to cost an absolute fortune to get to Kiev shortly after the final whistle on Wednesday,” Liverpool fan Matthew Johnson, 23, said.
“It’s yet another unnecessary financial burden on supporters following their team during a European campaign. Flights and accommodation are at eye-watering prices and the ticket prices are now just another example of companies fleecing football fans for as much money as possible.”
Glenn is ESPN FC’s Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.