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Liverpool MP takes UEFA ticket fight to Parliament

A Liverpool MP has called on UEFA to “reassess ticket arrangements” for next year’s Champions League final following widespread logistical concerns in the lead-up to last week’s competition.

Liverpool Walton MP Dan Carden submitted an Early Day Motion to Parliament following Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur last week, urging the governing body to “maximise the tickets available for loyal club supporters” for the 2020 event.

Many reports suggest Liverpool and Tottenham fans were paying up to €10,000 for tickets from touts to attend Saturday’s showpiece at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. It is thought the majority of resold tickets were ones originally handed to sponsors, who received approximately half the total allocation for the 68,000-capacity stadium. Liverpool and Spurs were each allocated 16,613 tickets.

Prior to the match, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust and Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly group suggested a ticket price cap and called for increased transparency over allocation. The fan groups saw flights to Madrid skyrocket by up to 840 per cent.

Carden’s Early Day Motion, which has been signed by 12 MPs in total, commends both sets of Premier League supporters and the hosts for a “well-spirited final,” before pointing to the need for a change in ticketing.

It reads: “We call on UEFA to reassess ticket arrangements ahead of next year’s competition and engage in meaningful dialogue with fan representatives across Europe to maximise the tickets available for loyal club supporters to enjoy watching their team play in this most exiting of fixtures.”

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