UEFA come below criticism over Europa League last ticket allocations
UEFA has announced the allocation of tickets for the Europa League final, which is due to take place on May 26th.
The game will take place at the Miejski Stadium in Gdansk, Poland. It was originally planned to host the 2019/20 Europa League final, but the game has been moved to Cologne. The floor holds over 41,000 spectators.
The Miejski stadium in action during Euro 2012
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the game must be played in front of a limited capacity to limit travel and close contact between people.
UEFA has announced that up to 9,500 fans will be able to attend the game. The prices are between 40 and 130 euros. All applicants take part in a vote and will be informed by May 14th whether they have received a ticket.
However, the controversy comes with the allocation of tickets. The European Football Association has confirmed that each participating club will receive 2,000 tickets and a further 2,000 tickets will go on sale. That leaves 3,500 tickets that go to sponsors.
This is not the first time UEFA has come under fire for allocating tickets to major finals. The 2018/19 final between Arsenal and Chelsea was similarly criticized.
The two teams held in Baku, Azerbaijan, received only 6,000 tickets each despite a capacity of 64,000. Almost half of the tickets went to sponsors, the rest were offered for general sale.
The Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea, 2019
Many have beaten up UEFA for its hypocrisy following the European Super League (ESL) drama. The organization was strongly against the ESL, claiming that this would be a betrayal of the fans.
In the meantime, their ticket allocation clearly shows that their priority lies with the sponsors over the supporters.
As of now, it is very likely that Manchester United will be one of the teams in the final after beating Roma 6-2 in the first leg. Villarreal and Arsenal will battle for the other place, with the former 2-1 overall winner going into the second leg.
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