The two Premier League sides have been given just 5,257 tickets each despite Besiktas’ Vodafone Park seating 38,000 people
The two Premier League sides have been given just 5,257 tickets each, despite Istanbul’s Vodafone Park stadium being able to hold 38,000 supporters.
There was controversy ahead of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final with UEFA making just 16,613 tickets available for both sets of fans in Atletico Madrid’s 68,000-seater stadium.
Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final in Azerbaijan and there were issues for that match as well, with only 6,000 fans from each club able to attend due to issues travelling to Baku.
Now, European football’s governing body are likely to face more backlash from Liverpool and Chelsea fans heading into the UEFA Super Cup showdown.
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin slammed ‘mad’ English clubs for complaining about the location of the Europa League final, which saw Arsenal and Armenia ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan miss out over safety reasons.
Ceferin said: “I was supported by 76 per cent of the (European) federations in my first (UEFA) election but not England. England supported the other candidate.
“Whenever we have English clubs, whenever we have complaints, they’re mad! You don’t help yourself in the popularity within European football with that.
“If somebody asks me why we played in Baku, I would say, ‘People live there. Homo sapiens live there’.
“They had to watch the game at 11pm because of the time difference but nobody complained.
“If we have two Azerbaijani teams playing in London nobody would complain. They would come and play without any problems.
“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 the superstars they like live. We have to develop football everywhere, not England, Germany only.”