Chelsea Supporters Trust shocked at ticket allocation
By Football News
The Chelsea Supporters Trust have expressed their disappointment at the ticket allocation for the UEFA Europa League final.
Rafael Benitez's side booked themselves a showdown with Fenerbahce in the Amsterdam final by beating Basel.
However, the club will only be cheered on by 9,800 supporters inside the stadium as UEFA make the majority of tickets available to other associations around Europe.
Chelsea's fans believe that is unfair given they have followed the club to Czech Republic, Romania, Russia and Switzerland en route to the final and have called on their club to appeal the decision with the governing body.
"We understand that the unfair allocation of tickets is outside of Chelsea FC's control," the supporters trust's statement read.
"But we would urge Chelsea FC to make the most strident representation to UEFA about this issue, as it appears to occur time and time again in spite of UEFA's assertion that they will 'review' the situation."
With such a small allocation thousands of Chelsea and Fenerbahce fans may travel to Holland without tickets, but there may not be a lot either club can do as a statement from UEFA in November made it clear how the allocation of tickets will be done.
The statement said: "In line with UEFA's policy to promote the competition among the general public, a total of 38,000 tickets, representing 79 per cent of the net stadium capacity of 48,000, will go to the supporters of the two finalist teams and to neutral fans.
"Out of this allocation, the two finalist teams will receive a total of 20,000 tickets - 10,000 each - for distribution among their supporters.
"A significant allocation - 30 per cent of these tickets - has been made available in category four, ensuring as wide as possible access to the match for the finalist clubs' fans."