Champions League final tickets soar to £9,000 on the eve of Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid

Tickets for the Champions League final are being resold for more than £9,000 and Liverpool fans face a desperate fight to get their hands on one before Saturday’s final.

The Reds take on Spanish giants Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday night at the Stade de France as they chase their third trophy this season.

Both Liverpool and Real Madrid received allocations of 19,618 tickets, but many more are eager to get their hands on a ticket, leading to eye-popping prices on popular resale websites.

UEFA’s initial fan vote gave supporters a range of ticket options between €70 (£60) and €690 (£586).

But with those tickets sold long ago, fans without one desperately turned to resale websites in hopes of landing a precious seat for the final at the Stade de France, which can hold up to 70,000 people.

The top-tier VIP Longside Hospitality Package is being promoted on livefootballtickets.com at £12,500, while the next Category 1 Hospitality Ticket is available for £9,995.

Of the non-VIP tickets, fans face paying just under £9,000 for a Category 1 ticket, while the cheapest restricted view seat is available at just over £1,880, a total of £1,300. more than UEFA’s most expensive offer in the amateur category. vote.

Thousands of Liverpool fans have already arrived in Paris for the Champions League final

Thousands of Liverpool fans have already arrived in Paris for the Champions League final

Resale websites are now offering over £9,000 VIP tickets for Saturday's final in Paris

Resale websites are now offering over £9,000 VIP tickets for Saturday’s final in Paris

Earlier this week, Merseyside Police warned against buying ‘fraudsters’ online.

“Buying a fake ticket could be a costly mistake,” they wrote on Twitter. Don’t get caught.

That public appeal came after it emerged that fake final tickets are being sold to Liverpool fans for just £50.

Images emerged of ‘blag’ tickets being sold to fans of the Premier League club, which closely resemble those being offered through official channels for the match in Paris.

Ray Mcdonald, a Liverpool fan from Cheshire, revealed how he and his friends received their tickets on Tuesday night ahead of the final in Paris this Saturday, May 28.

The cheapest restricted view seats are coming in at more than £1,850 a day before the match

The cheapest restricted view seats are coming in at more than £1,850 a day before the match

Fans of both sides are forced to search for tickets on unofficial websites.

Fans of both sides are forced to search for tickets on unofficial websites.

But after examining the tickets, which cost £1,000 each, the group realized the PDFs were fake.

He said scammers have swindled them out of £19,000 by selling fake Champions League final tickets online.

In a statement on Tuesday, Liverpool revealed that some of its supporters had been caught out by the fake tickets and warned that those trying to resell their seats to others online, most likely at a large markup on the nominal price, could face bans. forever. .

“Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of fans who have been scammed, particularly online, with bogus ticket offers,” Liverpool said in its statement.

‘If any supporter is offered a ticket online, they must report it to LFC and Action Fraud.

‘Liverpool FC will not sit idly by watching people try to sell tickets they have been lucky enough to access through the ballot.

All reports of ticket sales or online ticket fraud will be investigated in accordance with the LFC sanctions process. If a fan is found to have offered a ticket for sale online, this could result in a lifetime ban for that person.”

False tickets offered to Liverpool fans for the Champions League final against Real Madrid

False tickets offered to Liverpool fans for the Champions League final against Real Madrid

The ticket queue angered Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who said the system is “absolutely not right” when asked about it last week.

“It’s not quite right, but it happens everywhere,” he said.

“It doesn’t make it any better, just in this specific case, not only are you paying more than you did last time for a ticket, but you’re only getting 50 percent of the tickets and the rest going to people paying thousands and thousands for the tickets. .’

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin defended the ticketing and allocation system in response to Klopp’s criticism.

‘UEFA doesn’t get more tickets than the others. Some tickets go to the market, some tickets go to fans, and some go to partners. It is not UEFA. I am not giving free tickets to my friends or selling them to my friends,” he said.

‘It’s the system that works, and the clubs couldn’t work any other way.

“It won’t change much for us if all tickets are 10 euros, but it will change a lot for the clubs. Much.’

Liverpool and Real Madrid received 19,618 tickets for the Stade de France with capacity for 81,000 spectators

Liverpool and Real Madrid received 19,618 tickets for the Stade de France with capacity for 81,000 spectators

FULL LIVERPOOL DECLARATION

Liverpool Football Club has asked social media companies to shut down more than 50 social media accounts and groups it believes to be actively involved in selling or offering to sell tickets for the Champions League final online.

The club has also identified 13 fans who have put their tickets for Saturday’s game against Real Madrid up for sale online.

Those fans had their tickets cancelled, while their accounts are in the process of being further investigated, with the possibility of additional penalties to follow.

The move comes after a recent warning reminding fans to buy tickets only from official sellers.

The club received an allocation of 19,618 tickets for the full match at the Stade de France in Paris this weekend.

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of fans being scammed, particularly online, by fake ticket offers. If any supporter is offered a ticket online, they should report it to the LFC here, and to Action Fraud.

Liverpool FC will not sit idly by watching people try to sell tickets they have been lucky enough to access through the ballot.

All reports of ticket sales or online ticket fraud will be investigated in accordance with the LFC sanctions process. If a fan is found to have offered a ticket for sale online, this could result in a lifetime ban for that person.

The club is also encouraging supporters to be diligent in providing any personal or payment information to people they don’t know.

Liverpool FC continues to work closely with the Merseyside Police and, where possible, will pass on the details of any fan who has offered a ticket for sale online.

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