Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are flooding to Kiev, Ukraine for Saturday’s Champions League final.
Yet what is supposed to be a memorable experience is turning into an utter farce.
The Daily Mail reported this week that more than 2,000 Real Madrid supporters have returned their tickets for the match due to concerns over a lack of accommodation and travel problems.
The same report detailed the incredible sums that tickets are being offered for on resale websites.
One seat in the corner of Kiev’s Olympic Stadium that has a face value of £281 is advertised for nearly £15,000.
There is a genuine fear that hundreds of seats could be empty.
On Thursday, hundreds of Liverpool supporters were left scrambling to get to Ukraine after travel company Worldchoice Sports cancelled three flights to Kiev.
"Dear customers, with deep regret, we have had to cancel three flights to Kiev. Due to so many flights going into Kiev, Kiev Borispyl has been unable to allocate times for aircraft,” a statement on the company’s Facebook page read.
And with hotels in Kiev hiking their prices - per the BBC, fans complained that rooms with a regular nightly rate of £44 rose to £5,261 - it’s left supporters in a very unfortunate position.
Stan Collymore is in Kiev for the final and he expressed his disgust at the situation on Twitter.
“In Kiev hearing stories from #LFC #RMCF fans about price hiking, disruption to family and friends flights and general p*** taking by football authorities,” Collymore wrote on Twitter.
“Football fans yet again bottom of the list when it comes to common sense decision making from governing bodies. Disgusting.”
Collymore, who spent two seasons at Liverpool in the 90s, wants cities to prove they can accommodate thousands of people for a major event before being handed the right to host a Champions League final.
“Time @UEFA had a 3 year stadium 'residency' for the Champions League Final,” he added.
“Road, rail, air, accommodation must be of a proven standard.
“3 years for local authorities to get everything right for FANS to have an enjoyable experience, rather than an endurance test.”
Some will agree with Collymore’s proposal; others will disagree.
One thing for sure, though, is that UEFA must act on what has been an awful experience for some fans.
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