Tickets for Liverpool’s Europa League Final against Sevilla are being sold at exorbitant prices of £40,000 on Ticketbis.net
UEFA’s decision to host the 2016 Europa League Final at the 38,000 capacity St. Jakob-Park in Basel has been subject to a lot of criticism, especially after Liverpool were able to seal their place alongside Spanish side Sevilla in the showpiece event.
The main grievance has been due to the fact that there have been more than 17,000 Liverpool supporters who have applied for the tickets but UEFA have allotted only 9,000 to each side.
Out of the 17,000 tickets which were not given to the fans of either side, 9,000 were sold on UEFA’s website before the two finalists were decided, while 8,000 have been allotted to ‘the local organising committee, national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and the corporate hospitality programme.’
As a slight consolation to the Liverpool fans, Sevilla were unable to sell 2,000 of their allotted tickets and 1,600 of those were made available to the Reds’ faithful while 400 will remain unsold in order to allow proper segregation between the two sets of supporters.
Despite the additional tickets being made available, the Liverpool fans are not entirely happy and club’s Supporters Group Spirit of Shankly has slammed UEFA’s decision to host the final in such a small stadium.
The group released a statement that read, “We hope that in future years, UEFA will stage the final at a ground that allows more genuine supporters of the final clubs to attend.
“It is crystal clear that this amount of tickets will not be enough… Tens of thousands of supporters will have attended every home game this season and a large number will miss out.
“It is pretty clear that Basel is not best equipped to deal with such large numbers that we have witnessed in previous years.”
In response to the criticism, UEFA Spokesman Pedro Pinto defended the decision of choosing Basel as the host stadium (which was made over two years ago), by stating ‘it is not possible to accurately predict what size of a club will make it into the Final’.
He said, “UEFA tends to select slightly smaller, top-quality venues for the UEFA Europa League final. This means UEFA can give more of its national associations an opportunity to host a club final.
“The number of supporters requesting final tickets varies from club to club, and of course it is impossible to predict in advance which clubs will reach the final.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had his say on the matter and had initially invited even the ticketless fans to travel to Basel to support the team.
However, UEFA strongly advises fans without tickets not to visit the host city and now Klopp has gone on to retract his comments by stating that it was not ‘too smart’, before urging the Liverpool supporters to stay away.
The German said, “Last time I spoke about Basle, I spoke like a supporter and I invited all Liverpool fans to Basle. That was not too smart, to be honest. Basle is a nice city but it is not ready for us and it was my mistake. Please only people with tickets go there because everything else will be chaos and we don’t want this.
“It is really, really, really necessary that you now listen. Most of the time you can ignore what I say but now it is important.”
Nonetheless, there are still a number of Liverpool fans desperate to attend the encounter and some people who currently own tickets have sensed a tremendous financial opportunity as a result.
It can now be revealed that tickets for the encounter between Liverpool and Basel are being sold for as much as £40,000 on websites such as Ticketbis.net.
Even the lower tiers seats are being sold for prices of around £700 while some are costing an exorbitant £15,000, which is almost 100 times the face value.
Liverpool have around 27,000 season ticket holders and an estimate of 32,000 fans attended the club’s Capital One Cup final defeat against Manchester City at Wembley earlier this year.
With only 10,600 tickets being made available, a number of Liverpool fans are set to be left disappointed and in order to somewhat appease the ones who are going to miss out, the Premier League side are drawing up plans to show the game on a big screen in their Merseyside city centre.
Liverpool have enjoyed a stunning Europa League campaign and have beaten the likes of Augsburg, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal en route to the final.
As for Sevilla, they will be making a third consecutive appearance in the last stage of the competition, having claimed triumph in the previous two editions.
The La Liga side saw off the likes of Molde, Basel, Athletic Cub and Shakhtar Donetsk to seal a place in the finale of the competition which they seem to really enjoy.
Ahead of the encounter, Liverpool have been viewed as the slight favourites but it goes without saying that the Premier League giants will find it tough against the defending champions.
The match will be taking place on Wednesday night at 6:45 GMT and will be available to watch live on popular video streaming website Youtube.