Arsenal And Chelsea Will Only Get 6000 Tickets Each For Europa League Final
Arsenal and Chelsea made it four English teams from four in European finals this season but most of their fans will have to stay home with each club getting just 6,000 tickets to the final.
It's been quite the week for English clubs in Europe and the country's football teams are more stubborn than the government over getting out of the continent with both the Champions League and Europa League finals now full with Premier League sides.
On Thursday night Arsenal and Chelsea qualified for the Europa League final, with far less drama than Liverpool and Spurs had managed even with the Blues needing a penalty shoot out.
Players and fans of both sides were obviously jubilant after frustrating up and down seasons can culminate in a European final and both could now qualify for next season's Champions League, impressive considering how their season have gone.
However there was still something for them to be annoyed about with the announcement that each team will get just 6,000 tickets for the final in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29th.
The Olympic Stadium holds near 69,000 and people are rightly not happy about the situation:
If you thought the UCL ticket allocation was a disgrace - Arsenal and Chelsea will have just 6000 tickets per team for fans for the #UEL final.- Will Gavin (@WillGav) May 9, 2019
The stadium holds 68,700 fans.
That's less than 9% of tickets going to actual supporters. Disgusting.
6000 tickets each to @ChelseaFC @Arsenal for @EuropaLeague final @AFTVMedia @ChelseaFC Fans should boycott the final that is woeful! fans make football we have to contend with airlines taking the Micky with prices hotels charging crazy fees now this! #boycotteuropaleaguefinal- rhys shirley (@rhysshirl) May 10, 2019
Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 69870- Yureed Elahi (@yureedelahii) May 10, 2019
Arsenal and Chelsea fans are being allocated 6000-7000 tickets each.
Rest of the tickets are for sponsors and officials etc
Whats the point of actually playing then?
Sunday League would have a better atmosphere than that.
Never mind the Champions League final, this is a total disgrace. 6000 tickets for each team & how much to get to Baku. Absolutely shameful from @UEFA, yet another example of the average fan being snubbed. The worst thing is that it's not even surprising anymore. https://t.co/zgSO2d2nTW- Roddy Cons (@TheTeamOnTour) May 10, 2019
Winds me up how little tickets teams are awarded for finals.16000 each for Spurs and Liverpool in a81000 seater stadium. 6000 each for Chelsea and Arsenal.Sickening for fans who have gone to every match to have some rich fucking prick or some daughter of the sponsor go!- Fid (@FidBrown) May 10, 2019
You can tell they've fucked up the Europa final when each side only getting 6000 tickets isn't even an issue. Yous and your ticket collection, £1000 flights and middle of nowhere location can get to fuck @ChelseaFC @UEFA- Rory (@Rory_Carefree98) May 10, 2019
On top of the lack of tickets there's also an issue with the travel to Azerbaijan with flights from London costing in the region of £1000 for a journey of more than eight hours.
That really is some way to take the shine off reaching the final of a European competition.
As usual it is the fans who pay the price for the money grabbing and greed that runs the sport and that only ever ruins it.
Tickets will be available through UEFA for all fans and Chelsea and Arsenal supporters will get their hands on some of those but it is the dignitaries and corporate sponsors who will make up a lot of the crowd.
It ruins the atmosphere and lessens the final, it's a shame but unfortunately at this point it's hardly a surprise.