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UEFA issues resale threat ahead of Champions League final

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UEFA has warned fans they may be shut out of the Champions League final if they attempt to use tickets bought on resale sites.

UEFA, European football’s governing body, urged fans to avoid unauthorised secondary platforms ahead of tonight’s Europa Conference League final in Athens and Saturday’s Champions League final at Wembley.

The body said it was eager to warn fans of the dangers of ticket touts operating on unofficial platforms looking to take advantage of its in-demand events.

“Ticket sales to the general public and fans of the teams who have reached the UEFA men’s club competition finals or final tournament of UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany are carried out exclusively via UEFA.com – with the exception of hospitality tickets for Euro 2024, which are offered via 2024 Hospitality Experience AG,” read a UEFA statement.

“All UEFA men’s club competition finals and UEFA Euro 2024 tickets are digital tickets and are distributed via the official UEFA Tickets mobile app, which contains state-of-the-art security features. There are no paper tickets or print-at-home tickets.

“Tickets purchased from unauthorised third parties, websites or agencies, as well as on social media sites, or from touts may be cancelled by UEFA at any time and fans are likely to be refused entry or be ejected from the stadium.”

UEFA has also reminded supporters that the unauthorised sale of match tickets may constitute a criminal offence.

The organisation has already cancelled hundreds of tickets ahead of its club competition finals and Euro 2024, which runs from June 14 to July 14, as they were offered or transferred in breach of ticketing terms and conditions.

UEFA has also recommended against travelling without tickets.

“Fans are also strongly advised not to travel to the stadiums without tickets as entrance to the stadium is only authorised upon presentation of a valid ticket,” read the statement.