Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea fans have teamed up in writing a letter to UEFA ahead of the latest Champions League and Europa League draws.
This comes after all four English sides qualified for the two major European finals last season, with Liverpool beating Spurs in the CL Final and Chelsea winning against Arsenal in the Europa.
This was a crazy achievement for English football, made even wilder by the fact that Liverpool and Spurs both looked down and out in the semis.
The Reds were 3-0 down to Barca after the first leg, while Spurs were 3-0 on aggregate with just 45 minutes to go in the second leg against Ajax.
Supporters groups from the four sides have written to UEFA jointly to express their feelings on the limited number of tickets for the finals, the high prices for travel and accommodation, and the accessibility of the games, with the Europa final being all the way in Baku.
The statement read (quoted by Mirror): “Reaching a UEFA Champions League or Europa League final should be a wonderful experience for supporters.
“Instead, they can face a struggle just to attend the match.
“Problems range from inadequate numbers of tickets to all-but-impossible travel arrangements. Too often fans were left out of pocket or not able to attend at all.
“We call upon UEFA to strengthen its dialogue with fans and request that they start by engaging with groups like ourselves to discuss the proposals we have put forward to improve arrangements.”
The supporter’s groups are said to have outlined a six-point plan:
- 80% of tickets should be available to fans in the final
- Stadium capacity should be over 75,000 for CL Final and 60,000 for Europa
- Tickets should be affordable
- Accessible venues in places without UEFA charges in the last two years
- Hosting cities for finals should have sufficient hotel rooms and transport links
- Human rights and equality policies should be followed by the host country
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