The organisation of both the Champions League finals and the Europa League finals which took place a little over a month ago left a lot to be desired.
Only 17,000 tickets each were provided by UEFA to Liverpool and Spurs to pass on to their supporters according to The BBC. Even those fans had to bare flight costs of more than £1,000 to reach Madrid while hotel expenses were also quite high.
The Europa League final which was held in Baku was even more of a disaster, with the match being played in front of thousands of empty seats.
According to a report in The Evening Standard, fan groups from all four English clubs involved in the final have come together to produce a six-point plan urging UEFA to improve arrangements for major European finals.
The Football Supporters Europe’s (FSE) annual 4-day conference began in Lisbon on Sunday and saw fans from around 48 different countries come together to discuss the most pressing issues affecting them.
During the conference, The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and Liverpool’s ‘Spirit of Shankly’ came together to release a joint statement calling for UEFA to act.
The statement reads: “A unique collaboration of supporters from four English clubs is committed to challenging Uefa and their disregard of match-going fans at European finals.
“We challenged Uefa and its sponsors ahead of this year’s Champions League and Europa League finals but given the timescale, we were told it was too late for any changes.
“Now, we want to begin a campaign before the tournaments get underway. Under our proposals, supporters of the competing finalists would receive a greater allocation of tickets, a fairer pricing model, a stadium in a sensible location with appropriate capacity and with infrastructure in the host city suitable for a major influx of fans.”
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For a long time now, UEFA have displayed a complete disregard for the average match-going fans, who are the heartbeat of these football clubs. It’s about time that they listened to fans and implemented their proposals.
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