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UEFA counters Klopp criticism

UEFA counters Klopp criticism

UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin defended the distribution and price policy for admission tickets at the Champions League final and thus reacted to criticism by Liverpool’s coach Jürgen Klopp.

Some tickets would go to the fans, some to sponsors and some on the free market, said the Slovenian at the Congress of the European Football Union (UEFA) in Vienna. “If sponsors who invest hundreds of millions of euros then get some tickets, it is simply a contractual agreement that we have,” said the head of the association.

Of the total of 75,000 tickets for the final on May 28th in Paris between Liverpool and Real Madrid, the two clubs each receive 20,000 cards. 12,000 cards went on the free sale. The remaining 23,000 tickets are distributed among others on the UEFA, its member associations, sponsors and local organizers. “We, the UEFA, don’t get any more tickets than others. I don’t sit here and distribute tickets to friends or the like,” said Ceferin.

Klopp had been irritated last week that only a total of 40,000 tickets were awarded to the fans of both final participants. “Where are these cards?” He asked with a view to the difference of 35,000 tickets for the total number. At the same time, the German coach of the criticism of fans about the high ticket prices had joined between 125 and 675 euros. “It’s not about wanting to enrich ourselves,” said Ceferin and added: “Not much would change for us if the tickets were sold for ten euros – but for the clubs.UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin defended the distribution and price policy for admission tickets at the Champions League final and thus reacted to criticism by Liverpool’s coach Jürgen Klopp.

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Some tickets would go to the fans, some to sponsors and some on the free market, said the Slovenian at the Congress of the European Football Union (UEFA) in Vienna. “If sponsors who invest hundreds of millions of euros then get some tickets, it is simply a contractual agreement that we have,” said the head of the association.

Of the total of 75,000 tickets for the final on May 28th in Paris between Liverpool and Real Madrid, the two clubs each receive 20,000 cards. 12,000 cards went on the free sale. The remaining 23,000 tickets are distributed among others on the UEFA, its member associations, sponsors and local organizers. “We, the UEFA, don’t get any more tickets than others. I don’t sit here and distribute tickets to friends or the like,” said Ceferin.

Klopp had been irritated last week that only a total of 40,000 tickets were awarded to the fans of both final participants. “Where are these cards?” He asked with a view to the difference of 35,000 tickets for the total number. At the same time, the German coach of the criticism of fans about the high ticket prices had joined between 125 and 675 euros. “It’s not about wanting to enrich ourselves,” said Ceferin and added: “Not much would change for us if the tickets were sold for ten euros – but for the clubs.”

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