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Ajax fights for allocation to Chelsea Champions League fixture

Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax will receive just 833 tickets for its UEFA Champions League match at Chelsea due to “disturbances with Ajax supporters in Great Britain in particular.”

The Stamford Bridge club will host the Amsterdam-based team on November 5, which is matchday four of this year’s Champions League group stage.

Ajax’s last trip to London for its semi-final first leg match against Tottenham in April led to nine of its supporters being arrested and three police officers being injured after violent clashes.

Ajax claim that at the end of last week it was informed that its supporters would not be allowed to travel to attend matches in Great Britain. However, on Monday a delegation from Ajax travelled to a scheduled meeting with the authorities in London about the organisation of the Chelsea match.

It was decided that the lower part of the 41,631-capacity Stamford Bridge branch will be made available to Ajax, offering 833 tickets in total to the club. This compares to the allocation of 3,000 which Chelsea usually offers.

Ajax said on its website: “The reason for this decision is, according to the authorities, disturbances with Ajax supporters in Europe in general and in Great Britain in particular.”

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