UEFA have delivered a firm warning to fans looking to attend the final of their major European competitions, insisting that tickets on the secondary market may not grant them access to the stadium.
Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris at the Stade de France, with supporters of both clubs able to obtain tickets via access to their own ballot and from the UEFA official ballot.
Yet with tickets supposedly available on third party websites – such as livefootballtickets.com where prices start at a startling £2,797 – European football’s governing body have released a statement warning fans that counterfeit tickets will simply not grant them access to stadiums.
UEFA have warned fans of the dangers of buying UEFA final tickets on the secondary markets
Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 at the Stade de France
Prices start at a startling £2,797 for tickets on livefootballtickets.com for the May 28 clash
The statement detailed: ‘All tickets to the finals are issued by UEFA and are subject to strict terms and conditions which prohibit their unauthorised advertisement, resale or transfer.
‘As such, any tickets which are offered for sale by third parties on the internet (including on social media, marketplaces and secondary ticketing platforms) are advertised in breach of the ticket terms and conditions. UEFA actively enforces its ticketing terms and conditions, including by monitoring the internet, and will take action (including cancelling tickets) where unauthorised advertisements are identified.
‘Fans should also be aware that third parties offering for sale tickets on the internet are often not in possession of the tickets which they claim to have for sale, despite demanding exorbitant prices for such tickets.
‘In addition, UEFA is conscious that the demand for tickets to the finals may result in counterfeit tickets entering the secondary market, as has occurred at previous finals. Fans are advised that any such counterfeit tickets will not gain entry to the stadiums.’
Even for the Europa League final on May 18 in Seville between Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt, the cheapest ticket on a third-party website currently stands at £1,674.
Rangers fans buying from third party sites for the Europa League final see prices start at £1,674
The statement continued: ‘Ticket sales to the general public are carried out exclusively by UEFA. The teams who have reached the finals have also received an allocation of tickets to their respective final and sales to the fans of the finalists are in the process of being carried out.
‘Supporters of the participating teams are advised to contact the clubs directly for further information on the processes for the sale of tickets to their fans.
‘Whilst UEFA understands that there will be fans who have been unsuccessful in their application for tickets, fans are strongly advised not to travel to the finals without tickets or purchase tickets on the secondary market.
‘In order to maintain the safety and security of fans, ticket holders should be aware that checks will be carried out at the finals and the local authorities in the cities will take action against the unauthorised resale of tickets.’
Liverpool fans are disappointed at the allocation of Champions League tickets and the cost
UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin defended their ticketing system and allocation, after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp questioned why almost half of the 75,000 tickets for the game against Real Madrid in Paris are given to sponsors and officials.
More than one-fifth of Liverpool’s allocation (categories one and two) will cost between £410 and £578. Almost 56 per cent are priced at £125, with nearly a quarter £50.
‘I explained the same thing to one of the coaches of the two teams a couple of days ago and I can do it here,’ said Ceferin at the UEFA congress in Vienna.
UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin defended their ticketing system and allocations
‘I explained it to him a bit more and took much more time because I went through every single number. From the revenues from the finals, UEFA gets 6.5% and 93.5% goes to the clubs. From the other matches, 100% of the revenues goes to the clubs.
‘Fans of both teams get 20,000 tickets each. Sponsors that pay 100 or more million euros sponsorship – of which 93.5% goes to the same clubs – get some tickets. It’s part of a contractual obligation that we have.
‘UEFA doesn’t get more tickets than the others. Some tickets go to the market, some tickets go to the fans and some go to the partners. It’s not UEFA. I’m not giving tickets for free to my friends or selling to my friends.’