Chelsea and Man City fans stand up for the Champions League final

Aleksander Čeferin

Chelsea and Manchester City supporters have joined together to condemn what they describe as UEFA’s “greed” over the staging of the Champions League final in Porto.

The BBC has reported that Chelsea has returned quite 800 tickets out of their allocation of 5,800, with the tickets not sold as a part of a charter package.

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST) has previously criticized UEFA’s decision to carry the match in Portugal, after a move to Wembley collapsed because British Government wouldn’t grant quarantine-free access to sponsors, broadcasters, and VIPs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The pricing of tickets has also been criticized, with tickets starting at just over £60 up to almost £350. the ultimate was originally thanks to being played in Istanbul until British Government placed Turkey on its high-risk ‘red list’ for international travel during the worldwide health crisis.

Alongside City’s 1894 Group, the CST posted a tweet on Wednesday which read: “The @ChelseaSTrust & @WeAre1894 stand together against the lies, greed, hypocrisy, and deception of @UEFA and their president Aleksander Ceferin.”

The post featured a picture of Ceferin mocked up to seem like Vito Corleone within the Godfather, under the banner ‘The Greedfather’.

“Supporters always sufferin’ under Ceferin,” it read.

UEFA and therefore the Portuguese football federation (FPF) released a press release on Wednesday afternoon beginning more of the detail about what fans traveling on official packages could expect.

“The overwhelming majority of fans of the 2 finalist clubs are going to be traveling via organized charters, as was agreed by UEFA, the FPF and therefore the Portuguese authorities,” the statement began.

“A comprehensive and efficient mobility system is in situ to welcome those traveling fans at the airport, and convey them on to the fan’s meeting points, which may only be accessed with proof of a negative test result.

“At the fans’ meeting points, with the co-operation of the Municipality of Porto, and therefore the investment of the 2 clubs, UEFA, and therefore the FPF, there’ll be an array of food and beverage facilities, sanitary facilities, care stations, and activities organized by the 2 finalists to interact ticketholders throughout the day within the two most iconic venues of the town of Porto.

Porto

“From the fans’ meeting points, supporters are going to be brought on to the stadium, where access also will only be granted with proof of a negative test with a big contribution from the police authorities to make sure a smooth process.

“Visiting supporters will then even be brought back on to the airport post-match. The Porto airport has guaranteed it’ll be ready to accommodate the nearly 100 additional slots for flights transporting the multitude of ticket holders arriving and departing on match day.

“These measures aim to make sure that both the visiting fans and therefore the local population can have a secure day.”

Supporters will need a PCR test 72 hours before their flights then an extra test after they need to return.

The capacity for the match at the Estadio does Dragao has been fixed at 16,500, one-third of what it can usually hold.

Last week CST released a scathing statement attacking UEFA’s decision to maneuver the match to Porto.

“The UEFA executives making these decisions have little empathy or concern with match-going supporters. they’re deeply out of touch,” it read.

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