Major change considered by UEFA after Tottenham’s final in Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

UEFA are considering a major change to the Champions League after they receive almost one million ticket requests for the final, which Tottenham lost 2-0 to Liverpool.

The allocation for both English clubs was at merely 16,000 at the Wanda Metropolitano, which holds almost 68,000 people leaving thousands of supporters without a ticket.

In order to prevent fan frustration and disappointment in the upcoming seasons, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin admitted that the European organisation should only consider a handful of venues around Europe, which should hold the event, with the Slovenian identifying London’s Wembley Stadium as a possible ‘mega stadium’.

Speaking to Oxford University, via the Daily Mail, Ceferin said: “My thinking now is we should play the finals in bigger stadiums — even if we go to the same four, five places.

“We had 62,000 tickets in Madrid and 980,000 requests. If we would play for example in Wembley we would have 30,000 more [tickets].

“Probably that as a top, top, top event should be played only at the top venues.

“But Europa League and everything else should be shared with the others who love football.”

Ceferin had a go at English clubs with regards to the Europa League final.

The 51-year-old, who was re-elected as president of UEFA for a further four years in February, criticised Premier League clubs for questioning recent decisions made by the European governing body, especially choosing Baku as a Europa League final destination.

He said:  “I was supported by 76 per cent of the (European) federations in my first (UEFA) election but not England, England supported the other candidate.

“Whenever we have English clubs, whenever we have complaints, they’re mad! You don’t help yourself in the popularity within European football with that.

“If somebody asks me why we played in Baku, I would say: ‘People live there. Homo sapiens live there.’

“They had to watch the game at 11pm because of the time difference but nobody complained.

He added: “If we have two Azerbaijani teams playing in London nobody would complain. They would come and play without any problems.

“We decided a year and a half ago that we play in Baku, which has a modern stadium of 70,000. I think there is only one stadium in England that is bigger.

“So, you should see the happiness, the humbleness of people when they see live the superstars they like.

“We have to develop football everywhere not England, Germany only.”


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