UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, has been accused of “exploiting” fans, after releasing extraordinarily high ticket prices for the Champions League Final.
According to The Guardian, tickets for the prestigious event are the most expensive ever to go on sale – with the cheapest on general sale costing £176 each, including a booking fee.
Some 11,000 tickets will go on sale to the general public, costing £300, £225, and £150 – plus a £26 “administration fee”.
These high prices may encourage fans to hire out event venues and play host to Champions League parties – an option that would probably cost a lot less than a ticket for the final.
The Football Supporters’ Union chairman, Malcolm Clarke, has slammed the prices, calling them: “Absolutely outrageous”.
“[The tickets] take ticket pricing to an absurdly stratospheric new level,” he said. “In a difficult economic climate, not only in this country but across Europe, where supporters may be coming from, this represents disgraceful exploitation of fans.”
However, the UEFA director of competitions, Giorgio Marchetti, insisted the prices were comparable to the prices of the World Cup final and were the going market rate for such events.
The price hikes came after comments from UEFA president, Michel Platini, and Marchetti announced that he wanted to make the Champions League attractive to children and families.
“That’s also why we put some tickets from children at a discounted price,” he said of 500 packages available for one adult/one child. These are situated in category two seats and will cost £338.
He also claimed the £26 administration fee, per two-ticket booking, was justified because of the “costs involved”.