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Uefa hand less than half Europa League final tickets to clubs’ fans

Finalists for this year’s Uefa Europa League club competition will each receive an allocation of just 10,000 tickets for the 48,000-capacity Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Uefa, football’s European governing body, in ticket distribution details released this week, announced that the two clubs that reach the May 24 final will be allocated less than 50 per cent of seats, with 17,000 offered to the general public.

A total of 37,000 of the overall 48,000 tickets have been made available to the public, while 11,000 tickets have been held for local organising committee, Uefa and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to serve Uefa’s corporate hospitality programme.

The cheapest tickets will cost €45 (£39/$48), while the most expensive will be €150. Other categories of tickets will cost €70 and €100. It will cost €90 for a package including one child under 14-years-old and one adult.

Uefa said on its website that it consulted the independent Football Supporters Europe network (FSE) when setting ticket prices for this year’s final.

Manchester United, Lyon, Roma, Ajax and Borussia Mönchengladbach are all involved in last-16 matches tonight (Thursday), with the winner of the tournament to be awarded a place in next season’s Uefa Champions League. Manchester United, who face FC Rostov, has implemented a 25 per cent discount for Uefa Europa League games, an addition to its several other ticket discounts.

According to UK newspaper the Daily Mail, the number of tickets provided for the European competition will prompt allocation chaos at Old Trafford should Jose Mourinho’s side progress in the competition.

United often see an influx of supporters for away fixtures in the Premier League, with tickets distributed through a ballot.

Coach Mourinho said that he is now prioritising the continent’s secondary competition as United eye a Champions League return.

All quarter-final ties will take place on the week commencing April 10, with the second leg ties taking place the following week.