UEFA has warned fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid that fake tickets for the upcoming Champions League final in Kiev may be circulating on secondary websites.
On the day that thousands of Liverpool fans are due to discover whether they have been successful in the ballot for final tickets, football’s governing body in Europe admitted it is concerned that counterfeit tickets are being offered to supporters.
One man was jailed last year for selling fake tickets for the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus in Cardiff.
UEFA added that any tickets offered for sale by third parties on online marketplaces or in person are in breach of their terms and conditions. Only around half of the seats available at the 63,000-capacity NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium are set to be made available to fans of the two finalists, with Liverpool having reached the final for the first time in more than a decade.
“While UEFA understands that there will be fans who have been unsuccessful in their application for tickets, fans are strongly advised not to travel to the finals without tickets or purchase tickets on the secondary market,” UEFA said in a statement.
“To maintain the safety and security of fans, ticket-holders should be aware that checks will be carried out at the finals and the local authorities in the cities will take action against the unauthorised resale of tickets.”
Liverpool said it will let supporters know today (Monday) if they have been successful in securing tickets. An email will be sent to fans telling them if they scored a ticket or been placed on a waiting list.
The club said: “Should any supporters who were successful in the ballot decide not to take up the offer of a ticket, the club will make those tickets available to supporters on the waiting list in chronological order.”
It also itemised the cost of tickets within its allocation:
- 6 per cent at £394 (£315 restricted view)
- 19 per cent at £280 (£223 restricted view)
- 69 per cent at £140 (£109 restricted view)
- 6 per cent at £61 (£48 restricted view)