Europa League - No more final tickets for Chelsea

UEFA is adamant that Chelsea will not receive any more tickets for next week's Europa League final despite protests from fans of the west London club.

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Europa League - No more final tickets for Chelsea

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The Chelsea Supporters Trust said it was "dismayed" that the club had been allocated just 9,800 tickets for the May 15 final against Benfica at the 48,000 capacity Amsterdam ArenA.

That amount roughly equates to 20 per cent of the stadium capacity, with the majority of tickets going to 'neutral fans' and the 'UEFA family'.

The group said "tens of thousands" of Chelsea fans will be therefore be unable to travel to the game despite following their team as far as Ukraine, Russia and Romania in Europe this season.

"We understand that the unfair allocation of tickets is outside of Chelsea FC's control, but we would urge Chelsea FC to make the most strident representation to UEFA about this issue, as it appears to occur time and time again in spite of UEFA's assertion that they will 'review' the situation," read a Chelsea Supporters Trust statement.

Tickets purchased through Chelsea range from £39 to £117, but they are already changing hands for £600 apiece online.

Chelsea are aware of the statement by the supporters association and are understood to be disappointed with the allocation, but feel that there is nothing they can do about it at this late stage.

UEFA stuck by its ticketing policy for the final, with a spokesman referring to statement, released when ticketing details were announced in November, which read: "In line with UEFA's policy to promote the competition among the general public, a total of 38,000 tickets, representing 79 per cent of the net stadium capacity of 48,000, will go to the supporters of the two finalist teams and to neutral fans.

"Out of this allocation, the two finalist teams will receive a total of 20,000 tickets - 10,000 each - for distribution among their supporters.

"A significant allocation - 30% of these tickets - has been made available in category four, ensuring as wide as possible access to the match for the finalist clubs' fans."

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