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Ticket prices 'a disgrace' - English football supporters group

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Ticket prices 'a disgrace' - English football supporters group

The chairman of a football supporters group in the UK called high ticket prices 'a disgrace' as English football fans face expensive journeys to see their teams compete in Europa League and Champions League finals.

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Ticket prices 'a disgrace' - English football supporters group

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 10, 2019) (BBC - NO USE UK) 1.

MALCOLM CLARKE, CHAIR OF THE FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS FEDERATION, SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ABOUT TICKET PRICES FOR EUROPA AND CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIR OF THE FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS' FEDERATION, MALCOLM CLARKE, SAYING: "It's a disgrace that ticket prices are at the level they are.

80% of the tickets that are available through the clubs, even if you can get one, are priced more than £150, some of them £500, and of course the total allocation is less than half the capacity of the ground which is really shameful." 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIR OF THE FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS' FEDERATION, MALCOLM CLARKE, SAYING: "The understandable excitement of the fans of those four English teams of getting to a final will rapidly be replaced by worry and concern about whether they can get a ticket from their club.

If they can't how much they'll have to pay through the secondary market, and indeed how much they'll have to pay for the official tickets, whether they can get there at all.

How much they'll have to pay to get there, whether they can find accommodation that is a reasonable price.

The problem is that UEFA doesn't see matchgoing fans, it only sees revenue streams even though those fans are essential to the product which enables them to gain this huge amount of revenue." 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIR OF THE FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS' FEDERATION, MALCOLM CLARKE, SAYING: "I think this probably is the worse we've known and certainly for the UEFA I simply cannot get my head around the fact that in the ground of 68,000 in Baku only 12,000 tickets are being allocated to fans of the competing clubs.

It's unbelievable and I'd love to see a breakdown of where the other 50, 60,000 tickets are actually going to." STORY: The chairman of a football supporters group in the UK called high ticket prices 'a disgrace' on Friday (May 10) as English football fans face expensive journeys to see their teams compete in Europa League and Champions League finals.

Prices of flying with budget airlines from the UK to Spain have are high over the weekend of June 1st, when Tottenham are due to play Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea fans also face an expensive journey to Baku, Azerbaijan to see their teams in the Europa League final.

"It's a disgrace that ticket prices are at the level they are.

80% of the tickets that are available through the clubs, even if you can get one, are priced more than £150, some of them £500, and of course the total allocation is less than half the capacity of the ground which is really shameful," said Malcolm Clarke, Chairman of Football Supporters' Federation .

Return tickets on budget airlines, normally available for around 100 pounds ($130), have spiralled to as much as 1,500 pounds ($1,950), while nightly hotel rates in the Spanish capital have soared from 100-150 euros ($110-165) to over 1,000 euros ($1,100).

With prices for flights to other Spanish cities or even neighbouring countries also prohibitive, fans are seeking other ways to make the 1,100-1,300 mile (1,800-2,100 km) trek from London or Liverpool to Madrid, including driving or taking a coach.

But getting there is only half the problem.

Each club has been allocated only 16,613 tickets for the all-English final in the 68,000-seat Wanda Metropolitano stadium - a fraction of the number likely to want to attend.

A joint statement by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust and Liverpool's Spirit of Shankly said the allocation was "miserly", and that it was time for consumer protection to stop firms profiting disprportionately from fan loyalty.

"This has been a sensational Champions League campaign for Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC, with fans of both clubs now looking forward to the final in Madrid on 1 June," the statement said.

"But supporters' joy has been tempered by the extortionate costs of travel, accommodation and tickets -- if they get a ticket at all with the measly allocation from UEFA." They called for more transparency from UEFA and the clubs in the allocation and pricing of tickets.

"For many, the final is not a one-off event.

It is the culmination of a season-long journey for fans, who have spent thousands of pounds already travelling to support their team, bringing the spectacle and atmosphere that is a key part of the game so prized by television," the statement said.

"It is time to stop cashing in on fan loyalty." (Production: Francis Maguire and David Grip)

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