Supporters groups backing Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have urged corporate sponsors of the Champions League to surrender some of their allocated tickets to allow more supporters to attend the final in Madrid.
Liverpool FC suppporter’s group Spirit of Shankly (SOS) and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) have asked for sponsors to consider giving some of their allocation to fans who will miss out.
The Wanda Metropolitano has a capacity of 63,500 for the final, but each club has been allocated just 16,600 tickets while 22,300 tickets have been made available to the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to serve the corporate hospitality programme.
“Spirit of Shankly and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust — the independent official fan groups of LFC and THFC — are calling on the main sponsors of the UEFA Champions League to return a proportion of the tickets they have received for the Champions League final to the pot for supporters of both clubs,” said a joint statement from the groups.
“We ask Nissan, PlayStation, Gazprom, PepsiCo, Banco Santander, Mastercard, Heineken and Expedia Group to help redress the balance in the current unfair allocation that means fans of both competing clubs receive less than 25 percent of available tickets.
“As major sponsors of the UEFA Champions League, your companies appreciate the passion and dedication of the fans who follow their teams and make every game a spectacle.
“SOS and THST believe such a gesture by the sponsors would help lift the occasion by increasing the number of passionate fans inside the stadium, and increase each brand’s standing on a global scale.
“We also ask that each sponsor lobbies UEFA to allocate tickets for future finals on a fairer, more equitable spilt that has supporters benefit.
Supporters believe that English fans are being taken advantage of with prices of flights to, and accommodation in, Madrid skyrocketing since the Premier League clubs secured sensational semi-final comebacks.
The Champions League final will take place on 1 June in Madrid with kick off scheduled for 21:00 SAST.