It’s fair to say Liverpool fans aren’t too impressed with UEFA’s handling of the Europa League final.
The venue is the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel which has a capacity of 38,512. UEFA’s plan was that both Liverpool and Sevilla would be given just 9,000 tickets each - something that angered Kopites with many of them missing out.
With Anfield having 27,000 season tickets holders, it means that as many as 21,000 fans who have watched every home match this campaign won’t be able to see the clash on May 18.
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While Liverpool would have been able to sell their 9,000 tickets ten times over, Sevilla have only managed to sell 7,000. Therefore, UEFA have handed Liverpool a further 1,600 tickets.
While supporters were pleased with that, they have been left fuming at another move - the decision to leave the remaining 400 seats empty.
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UEFA claims that the other 400 tickets can’t be given to Liverpool fans due to the need to put segregation in place - so why were they being sold to Sevilla in the first place?
Liverpool supporters haven’t hesitated to display their anger at UEFA with this latest gaffe.
UEFA’s initial plan was to give each club 9,000 tickets with a further 9,000 tickets going to supporters from across the world via UEFA.com. The remaining 8,000 seats are to be given to “local organising committee, national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to serve the corporate hospitality programme”.
Following Liverpool’s 3-0 semi-final victory over Villarreal, Jurgen Klopp urged his fans to head to Basel regardless of whether they had a ticket or not.
“We will take 50, 60, 70,000 Liverpudlians with us, not in the stadium but in the city. Maybe even 100,000,” he told BT Sport.
“It’s a nice city by the way, close to my home, and we can create an atmosphere. I’m really, really pleased.
“Now we will go there, we will try our best and we will do everything for this wonderful club.”
However, the following day he retracted that statement and insisted that only supporters with tickets should go to Switzerland.
"I invited all Liverpool fans to Basel, and that was not too smart to be honest,” he admitted.
"It is a nice city but it's not ready for us. And that was my mistake.
"So I have to take back my invitation to the fans, and please only people with tickets should go there, because everything else will be chaos.
"If you cannot be there, stay at home or come to Liverpool and watch the game with your friends. Let's have a party after this.
"It's really, really important you now listen. It's important we only send the team and the 10,000 fans,” Klopp concluded.
It’s doubtful that the travelling Kop will listen to their manager. There is likely to be tens of thousands of fans heading to Basel next week in the hope of winning their first trophy since 2012 and qualifying automatically for the Champions League.
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