Chelsea face fury from fans after they SENT BACK almost 900 unsold tickets for the Champions League final – despite telling desperate supporters they had SOLD OUT their allocation and rejecting day-trip applicants
- Chelsea returned over 800 unsold Champions League final tickets today
- The tickets that were sent back were set aside as part of their charter package
- Fans who missed out after being told they’d sold out have been left furious
- It’s emerged some fans ever had their day-trip applications to Porto rejected
Chelsea fans who have missed out on Champions League final tickets after being told by the ticket office they had sold out have been left furious after it was revealed that over 800 unsold ones were returned.
A huge number of Chelsea supporters have desperately been trying to acquire tickets for Saturday’s final against Manchester City in Porto but were informed by the club that they had sold out their allocation.
However, the club are now facing a backlash from angry fans after they returned nearly 900 of the 3,000 tickets they had held back as part of their charter package.
The above emails shows a fan being told by Chelsea’s ticket office earlier this week that they had sold out for the Champions League final despite the club returning over 800 today
A huge number of Chelsea fans missed out on tickets and have been left furious by the fiasco
Chelsea were offering fans official day trips, worth £200 per person plus the cost of the match ticket, with the flights subsidised by the club.
The package deal supposedly proved to be unpopular among fans with almost a third of the tickets set aside for it failing to sell and subsequently sent back.
It has however quickly turned into a PR disaster for Chelsea, as it emerged that fans had day-trip applications rejected and were told no tickets were available despite hundreds now being returned.
Tickets on general sale had sold out but there were over 800 left linked to the package deal that went unsold.
MailOnline has contacted Chelsea for comment.
Chelsea’s official website also said that tickets for Saturday’s final were sold out
But the club returned 800 unsold Champions League final tickets linked to the £200 day trips
Unlike Manchester City, who have paid for their fans’ travel and Covid testing, Chelsea did not offer to cover the costs for match-going fans’ tests and were only subsidising part of supporters’ travel to the final.
It was understood that fans had been put off by the package deal for a variety of reasons, including ticket prices, Covid and being restricted to less than 24 hours in Porto.
Chelsea Supporter Trust board member Dan Silver had blamed UEFA’s insistence on offering a charter package for the ticket fiasco before it came to light that a number of fans had tried to purchase them only to be told they had sold out.
He said: ‘UEFA’s lack of care for fans has again come to the fore.
‘They came to be our friends over the European Super League but now they have turned their backs on us again.
Chelsea play Manchester City in the showpiece match in Portugal this weekend
Chelsea were only offering fans subsidised flights as part of the day trips, meaning they would still have to shell out on match tickets and Covid testing
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL TICKET PRICES
Category 1: £515
Category 2: £386.50
Category 3: £154.50
Category 4: £60
‘UEFA’s insistence on having charter flights – initially linked to 90 per cent of tickets, which the clubs pushed back on – spending only 24 hours in Portugal with added Covid testing and additional costs have made it very prohibitive.
‘Selling tickets for up to 400 euros for a limited access final with unnecessary travel is outrageous when there were obvious solutions closer to home.’
UEFA has been criticised for its pricing policy, with tickets starting at £60 and rising to as much as £515 for category 1 seating.
Supporters from both clubs are due to arrive in Portugal on Saturday with a strict plan in place to escort them to the stadium and back to the airport.
Fans will arrive on a chartered flight and be kept in a Covid bubble, spending less than 24 hours overall in the country while they will also need to provide a negative PCR test 72 hours before entering the Estadio do Dragao and then a negative antigen test within 48 hours before entering the stadium, as per UEFA guidelines.
Portuguese authorities confirmed on Tuesday that they will allow 16,500 to attend the final at the Estadio do Dragao. That number equates to 33 per cent of the stadium’s 50,000 capacity.
Chelsea and Manchester City were both allocated 6,000 tickets each while 1,700 went on sale to the general public earlier this week.
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