Despite the criticism which has been forthcoming concerning ticket prices for the Champions League final at Wembley, UEFA has announced that it will not be changing the price of tickets for European football’s showpiece occasion in May, despite UEFA President Michel Platini admitting they are too expensive.
The cheapest ticket on public sale for the final, which will take place on Saturday May 28, is £150 plus a £26 booking fee, which president Platini has said is far too expensive.
Nonetheless UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino has said at a news conference in Paris on Monday: “The ticket prices for Wembley will not change – the ticket sales have already started and the president expressed his opinion about that.”
Earlier Platini had told L’Equipe, the French sports daily newspaper that the pricing for the final “isn’t brilliant” and also that UEFA will review prices for next seasons final.
“It’s good that we have been alerted about it and we are going to look at it again in the future” added Platini.
UEFA has been on the receiving end of much disgust after announcing the prices, which threaten to exclude the fans of ordinary supporters something which Michael Brunskill, spokesperson for the Football Supporters’ Federation, recently went on record to suggest.
“To ask fans to fork out between £150-£300 for a single match ticket is absolutely outrageous, it just strikes of profiteering at the supporters’ expense.
“The price has almost doubled in one year. And that’s before we even get started on the £26 admin fee which is the cherry on top of a pretty disgusting cake.
“Part of Uefa’s reasoning for a Saturday evening final was to encourage children and families along. How does this square with charging £338 for a family ticket comprising of one child and one adult?”