Liverpool: 'Disgraceful' Uefa after 'disrespectful' confirmed news - expert

By Noel Whelan

9th May, 2022 | 7:30pm

Liverpool news: Expert slams 'disgraceful' Uefa as 'disrespectful' news confirmed

Noel Whelan has branded Uefa “disgraceful” for handing Liverpool an allocation of just 19,618 tickets for this month’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the “fantastic occasion” should be about the supporters and the “great football clubs” taking part.

As confirmed in a statement from Liverpool last Thursday (5 May), the Merseysiders have been allocated 19,618 tickets for the showpiece final at Stade de France – around 26.1% of the capacity.

As per the BBC (6 May), manager Jurgen Klopp questioned where the extra tickets for the match will go – and encouraged supporters to travel to Paris to add to the atmosphere ahead of the final.

In an open letter to Uefa (6 May), supporters group Spirit of Shankly slammed the decision – insisting football fans are “tired of being ripped off”.

Whelan insisted “loyalty should be shown” to the fans who have travelled the world to support their side.

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“It’s disgraceful,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“It should be as close to half and half as possible.

“This game is about the fans, and the great football clubs taking part in this match. It’s not about Uefa, or the presidents, or the sponsors, or the whole circus that comes with these games.

“Loyalty should be shown to these fans, who have travelled all over the world to see their sides play. It’s going to be a fantastic occasion.

“It’s a huge stadium, and it’s so disrespectful to give these clubs just a quarter of the capacity.”

Liverpool face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday (14 May).

The Merseysiders trail Premier League leaders Man City by three points.

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