UEFA Considering Major Change To Champions League Final

UEFA are considering a major change to the Champions League final.

One of the main takeaways from last season's Champions League final in Madrid was the lack of tickets allocated to Tottenham and Liverpool.

Both teams received just 16,000 tickets in Atletico Madrid's 68,000-seater Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Image: PA
Image: PA

In a bid to prevent fan frustration and disappointment, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is thinking about restricting the Champions League final to only a few mega stadiums around Europe, with the Slovenian identifying London's Wembley Stadium.

"What is my thinking now is we should play the finals in bigger stadiums even if we go to the same places, the same four or five places all the time," he said about UEFA's potential new plans.

"I'm talking about the Champions League only because it is the top of the top event.

"For example, for Madrid we had 980,000 requests. So even if we'd play in Wembley, we would have 30,000 more [tickets]. It would change something.

"Probably a top, top, top event should be played only at the top venues. Hotel-wise, mobility-wise, stadium-wise.

"But the Europa League and everything else should be shared with the others who love football."

Image: PA
Image: PA

The 51-year-old also defended UEFA's decision to hold the 2018/19 Europa League final in Baku.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea failed to sellout their allocation with travel and accommodation costing a bomb.

"Whenever we have English clubs, whenever we have complaints, they're mad (about something)," he said.

"You don't help yourself in the popularity within European football with that.

"If somebody asks me why we played in Baku I'd say: 'People live there.' Homosapiens live there.

"They had to watch the game at 11pm because of the time difference but no-one complained.

"If we have two Azzuri teams playing in London nobody would complain.

"And we decided a year-and-a-half ago that we'd play in Baku which has a modern stadium of 70,000. I think there is only one stadium in England that is bigger.

"So, you should see the happiness, the humbleness of people when they see live the superstars that they like.

"We have to develop football everywhere not England and Germany only. In the past Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St Petersburg made the final."

Nasir Jabbar

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