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The final of the Europa League and Champions League drew so many criticisms from the participating clubs, and even top football personalities were unhappy with the manner UEFA allocated the ticket and the choice of the final being far away, especially for the Europa League which was hosted in Azerbaijan.
Supporters’ Trusts from Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have united to urge UEFA to improve their fan experience for the major finals this season.
Fans were forced to pay through the nose for tickets, accommodation and flights for last season’s Europa League final and Champions League final, and supporters of Chelsea and Arsenal were forced to make the 5,000 round trip to Azerbaijan in order to see their team in the major final.
Meanwhile, travelling to the venue was made even longer due to the lack of direct flights, with the majority of fans having to fly via Turkey or Russia just to get there.
Worse still, out of a stadium capacity of 70,000 only 6000 tickets were allocated to supporters of both clubs, which also contributed to the poor atmosphere in the stadium in what was a major European cup final.
This season’s Champions League final will be held at the 76,000-seater Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, while the Europa League final is set to take place in the 43,615-seater Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Poland.
Ahead of Thursday’s Champions League draw, the Supporters’ Trusts for last year’s four finalists have penned a statement to call for changes in how UEFA manage the finals.