Chelsea are facing fan fury after SENTING nearly 900 unsold tickets to the Champions League final – despite telling desperate supporters they SOLD OUT their assignment and declining day trip applicants
- Chelsea returned more than 800 unsold Champions League final tickets today
- The returned tickets were set aside as part of their charter package
- Fans who missed it after being told they were sold out have been left furious
- It has been found that some fans have once declined their day trip requests to Porto
Chelsea fans who missed Champions League final tickets after being told by the ticket booth that they were sold out have been left furious after it was revealed that more than 800 unsold tickets were being returned.
A large number of Chelsea supporters have desperately tried to get tickets to Saturday’s final against Manchester City in Porto, but were told by the club that they had sold out their assignment.
However, the club is now facing a backlash from angry fans after returning nearly 900 of the 3,000 tickets they withheld as part of their charter package.
The emails above show that a fan was told by Chelsea’s ticket office earlier this week that they were sold out for the Champions League final, despite the club returning over 800 today.
A large number of Chelsea fans have missed tickets and have been left furious by the fiasco
Chelsea offered fans official day trips worth £ 200 per person plus the cost of the match ticket, with the flights subsidized by the club.
The package deal turned out to be unpopular with fans as nearly a third of the tickets had been set aside for failure to sell and then returned.
However, it has quickly turned into a PR disaster for Chelsea, as it emerged that fans had declined requests for day trips and were told no tickets were available, despite hundreds having now been returned.
The tickets in the general sale were sold out, but there were more than 800 tickets left related to the unsold package deal.
MailOnline has contacted Chelsea for comment on the current situation.
Chelsea’s official website also said tickets for Saturday’s final were sold out
But the club returned 800 unsold Champions League final tickets related to the £ 200 day trips
Unlike Manchester City, which paid for their fans’ travel and the Covid tests, Chelsea did not offer to cover the costs for the match-going fans’ tests and only subsidized part of the supporters’ travel. to the final.
Obviously, fans had been put off by the package deal for a variety of reasons, including ticket prices, Covid, and being limited to less than 24 hours in Porto.
Chelsea Supporter Trust board member Dan Silver had blamed UEFA for pushing to offer a charter package for the ticket fiasco before it was revealed that a number of fans had tried to buy them but was told they sold out. goods.
He said: ‘UEFA’s lack of concern for fans has come to the fore again.
‘They have become our friends in the European Super League, but now they have turned their backs on us again.
Chelsea will play the showpiece in Portugal against Manchester City this weekend
Chelsea only offered subsidized flights to fans as part of the day trips, meaning they would still have to pay for game tickets and Covid tests.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL TICKET PRICES
Category 1: £ 515
Category 2: £ 386.50
Category 3: £ 154.50
Category 4: £ 60
Wheelchair: £ 60
Outpatient: £ 60
UEFA’s push for charter flights – initially linked to 90 percent of the tickets, pushing back the clubs – by spending just 24 hours in Portugal with extra Covid testing and extra costs have made it very unaffordable.
“Selling tickets up to 400 euros for a limited-access final with unnecessary travel is outrageous if there were obvious solutions closer to home.”
UEFA has been criticized for its pricing policy, with tickets starting at £ 60 and going up to a whopping £ 515 for Category 1 seats.
Supporters of both clubs will arrive in Portugal on Saturday with a strict plan to accompany them to the stadium and back to the airport.
Fans arrive on a chartered flight and are held in a Covid bubble, spending a total of less than 24 hours in the country, while 72 hours before entering the Estadio do Dragao also have to pass a negative PCR test and then a negative antigen test within 48 hours before entering the stadium, according to UEFA guidelines.
Portuguese authorities confirmed on Tuesday that they will allow 16,500 people to attend the final at the Estadio do Dragao. That number equates to 33 percent of the stadium’s 50,000 capacity.
Chelsea and Manchester City were both allocated 6,000 tickets, while 1,700 went on sale to the general public earlier this week.