— Published 5 May 2022

UEFA abandons free entry to Champions League

Full reverse. UEFA will no longer be giving away free tickets to supporters of the finalist teams in the Champions League, as announced in February. The continental football body says it has abandoned its plan to provide 10,000 free tickets at the request of the competition’s semi-finalists. Instead, UEFA will give a discount to fans of the two finalist teams, Liverpool and Real Madrid. “For each team, 15,600 fans will benefit from category 4 tickets at €60 instead of €70, and category 3 tickets at €150 instead of €180,” UEFA said in a statement, noting that the offer concerns “all tickets” in the lowest categories allocated to the two clubs. Contrary to the initial plan, Liverpool and Real Madrid will no longer have to designate “their most loyal supporters” to invite them to the Stade de France, the venue chosen by UEFA to replace the Krestovski stadium in St Petersburg (Russia) as host of the match. However, UEFA’s solidarity project remains valid for the other European finals: 8,000 tickets will be offered for the Europa League final in Seville (Spain), 6,000 for the Europa League Conference final in Tirana (Albania), and the same number for the decisive match of the Women’s Champions League in Turin (Italy).