UEFA have delivered a firm warning to fans looking to attend the final of their major European competitions, insisting that tickets on the secondary market may not grant them access to the stadium.
Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris at the Stade de France, with supporters of both clubs able to obtain tickets via access to their own ballot and from the UEFA official ballot.
Yet with tickets supposedly available on third party websites – such as livefootballtickets.com where prices start at a startling £2,797 – European football’s governing body have released a statement warning fans that counterfeit tickets will simply not grant them access to stadiums.
The statement detailed: ‘All tickets to the finals are issued by UEFA and are subject to strict terms and conditions which prohibit their unauthorised advertisement, resale or transfer.
‘As such, any tickets which are offered for sale by third parties on the internet (including on social media, marketplaces and secondary ticketing platforms) are advertised in breach of the ticket terms and conditions. UEFA actively enforces its ticketing terms and conditions, including by monitoring the internet, and will take action (including cancelling tickets) where unauthorised advertisements are identified.
‘Fans should also be aware that third parties offering for sale tickets on the internet are often not in possession of the tickets which they claim to have for sale, despite demanding exorbitant prices for such tickets.
‘In addition, UEFA is conscious that the demand for tickets to the finals may result in counterfeit tickets entering the secondary market, as has occurred at previous finals. Fans are advised that any such counterfeit tickets will not gain entry to the stadiums.’
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