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UEFA President defends Champions League final tickets after criticism from Jurgen Klopp

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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin spoke to Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp after the German criticized the allocation of Champions League tickets and said “it’s the system that works”.

lopp backed Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly last week after the organization accused UEFA of “ripping off” fans who wanted to attend the parade game against Real Madrid in Paris later this month.

There are 75,000 tickets available but each club has only received 19,618, while a further 12,000 went on general sale via a vote completed last month, with the remainder going to the UEFA ‘family’ of sponsors and officials.

More than a fifth of Liverpool’s allocation (category one and two) costs between £410 and £578. Almost 56 per cent cost £125, with almost a quarter £50.

Klopp said last week: “It’s absolutely not right, but it happens everywhere. That doesn’t make it any better, only in this particular case not only are you paying more for a ticket than last time, you only get 50 percent of the tickets and the rest goes to people who are paying thousands and thousands for the tickets.”

Ceferin and Klopp are said to have each other’s numbers and the Slovenian said: “I explained the same thing to one of the coaches of the two (finalist) teams a few days ago and I can do it here. I explained it to him in a bit more detail and took a lot more time because I went through every single number.

“Of the proceeds from the final tournament, UEFA receives 6.5 per cent and 93.5 per cent goes to the clubs. From the other games, 100 percent of the income goes to the clubs.

“Fans of both teams will each get 20,000 tickets. When sponsors who pay €100m or more in sponsorship – 93.5 per cent of which goes to the same clubs – get tickets, that’s part of a contractual obligation we have.

“UEFA doesn’t get more tickets than the others. Some tickets go to the market, some tickets go to the fans and some go to the partners. It’s not UEFA. I do not give my friends tickets for free or sell them to my friends.

“It’s the system that works and clubs couldn’t work any other way.

“Not much will change for us if all tickets cost 10 euros, but a lot will change for the clubs. A lot.”

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