Champions League final: Chelsea have returned over 800 tickets out of their 5,800 allocated seats for the Champions League final with Manchester City in Porto. The tickets were part of a charter package, which included subsidised flights at £200. However, fans got angry at the price and the restriction connected to the package deal.
“Uefa’s lack of care for fans has again come to the fore. They came to be our friends over the European Super League but now they have turned their backs on us again,” TheChelseaSupporters’ Trust (CST) board member Dan Silver told the BBC.
“Uefa’s insistence on having charter flights – initially linked to 90% of tickets, which the clubs pushed back on – spending only 24 hours in Portugal with added Covid testing and additional costs have made it very prohibitive. Selling tickets for up to €400 for a limited-access final with unnecessary travel is outrageous when there were obvious solutions closer to home.”
The Chelsea Trust has previously criticised Uefa’s decision to host the match in Portugal, after a move to Wembley failed as the UK government did not allow quarantine-free access to broadcasters, sponsors, and VIPs amid the pandemic.
Champions League final: Manchester City owner to fund fans’ trip
Meanwhile, Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour will cover flight and transfer costs for a section of their fans to attend the Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.
The game was due to be played at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul but was moved to the Estadio de Dragao in Porto after Turkey was added to the British government’s red list due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City said in a statement that Mansour would fund the official club trip to Porto, adding that the initiative would benefit “thousands of City supporters”.
City and Chelsea are each allowed to take 6,000 supporters to Portugal for the final, with the change in venues allowing fans to attend without having to quarantine on their return.
Supporters will, however, have to complete the trip within 24 hours of the final and meet additional costs for COVID-19 tests, while remaining in a bubble during their stay in Porto.