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. 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.
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.
It is time to stop cashing in on fan loyalty. As the independent supporter organisations at Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC we call for:
- A cap on ticket pricing
- Transparency over allocation
- Consumer protection measures to halt prices being forced up exponentially, and to stop the practice of repricing existing deals