Supporters Groups From Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea And Arsenal Call For 'Better Dialogue' Between UEFA And Fans
Fans' groups from Premier League sides Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal have urged UEFA to 'strengthen its dialogue with fans' after issues with last season's Champions League and Europa League finals.
Last season Europe's two top competitions were dominated by English teams with both the Champions League and Europa League finals played between two clubs and it led to plenty of issues for fans.
Liverpool and Spurs fans didn't have a large ticket allocation and Chelsea and Arsenal fans had to deal with the issues of going to Baku.
Now the supporters clubs of the four teams have released a joint statement to UEFA saying, "Reaching a Uefa Champions League or Europa League final should be a wonderful experience for supporters.
"Instead, they can face a struggle just to attend the match.
"Problems range from inadequate numbers of tickets to all-but-impossible travel arrangements. Too often fans were left out of pocket or not able to attend at all.
"We call upon Uefa to strengthen its dialogue with fans and request that they start by engaging with groups like ourselves to discuss the proposals we have put forward to improve arrangements.
"Too often fans who had supported their clubs in every round up to the final were left out of pocket or not able to attend the final at all."
"Tomorrow's much hyped draw will involve everybody from the football family except the very people without whom there would be no European Football - its supporters. We call upon UEFA to strengthen its dialogue with fans and request that they start by engaging with groups like ourselves to discuss the proposals we have put forward to improve arrangements for fans at the final stage of the Champions and Europa Leagues."
The fans groups have also come up with a six-point plan to 'improve the fans' experience.'
The clubs have asked for 80% ticket allocation for finals, with just 20% going to sponsors, they want grounds with a minimum of 60,000 capacity to hold Europa League finals and 75,000 for Champions League.
The fans have also called for more affordable and accessible locations for finals with better infrastructure and in countries that have decent human rights records and where no players or fans will be in danger of travelling.
Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan couldn't play in the Europa final because of political issues between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
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