Soccer-UEFA to reward fans with 30,000 free tickets for finals

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Champions League Semi-Final Draw – Nyon, Switzerland – April 13, 2018 General view of the UEFA logo before the draw REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo

February 14, 2022

(Reuters) – UEFA will offer 30,000 tickets to fans of teams taking part in this season’s European finals as a way to thank them for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic, president Aleksander Ceferin said on Monday.

The Champions League finalists will each receive 5,000 tickets and a total of 8,000 tickets will be handed out for the Europa League final. The finals of the Europa Conference League and Women’s Champions League will each have 6,000 tickets available.

UEFA said that clubs can use the tickets to reward loyal supporters but they must not be given to sponsors, partners or club officials.

“Football fans are the lifeblood of the game and we thought it would be a nice way to recognise the difficulties they have experienced over the last two years and how they nevertheless still managed to support their teams,” Ceferin said.

The pandemic has had a considerable impact on European clubs, who lost seven billion euros ($7.92 billion) across two seasons due to matches being played behind closed doors and a decrease in transfer revenue, according to a study published by UEFA this month.

($1 = 0.8840 euros)

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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