Saturday, October 21, 2017

Platini admits ticket price error

UEFA president Michel Platini has admitted making a mistake by setting a high price for tickets for the Champions League final.

Tickets for Wembley’s showpiece event on May 28 start at 176 pounds, and many fans feel they have been marginalised by UEFA’s decision.

Speaking at a trophy handover ceremony on Wednesday, Platini admitted the price may have been too high, but said it was tough to please everyone with such high demand.

“I already responded that it was a mistake,” Platini said.

“It was not good but take care, it is not easy to decide the price of the ticket in the final of the Champions League because now we have received 200,000 requests for this price of ticket.”

“Now, if you want to buy this ticket off the black market, it is 10 times the price that we decided.”

“So, it is not so easy. Perhaps in the future we will have a new category for families that are less expensive, but if they put that on the black market….that is not easy.”

The Champions League trophy will be on display at 13 sites across London between now and May 21, including Fulham’s Craven Cottage, Trafalgar Square and Heathrow airport.

There is still a chance the trophy could remain in England after the final, with Premier League club Manchester United one of four teams still alive in the competition.

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