UEFA dis­misses com­plaints over Europa League fi­nal venue

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ZURICH—UEFA has dis­missed com­plaints that the Europa League fi­nal venue in Basel is too small, af­ter fans of fi­nal­ists Liver­pool com­plained that “a large num­ber” of sup­port­ers would miss out.

Euro­pean soccer’s gov­ern­ing body said that “at least” 9,000 tick­ets would be re­served each for Liver­pool and op­po­nents Sevilla at the 35,000-ca­pac­ity St Jakob Park. The Liver­pool sup­port­ers’ club Spirit of Shankly had is­sued a state­ment on Wed­nes­day, be­fore the sec­ond leg of Thurs­day’s semi­fi­nal fi­nal against Vil­lar­real, warn­ing of the dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing sup­port­ers.

“We hope that in fu­ture years, UEFA will make changes and stage the fi­nal at a ground that al­lows more gen­uine sup­port­ers of the fi­nal clubs to at­tend,” it said.

“It is crys­tal clear that this amount of tick­ets will not be enough to sat­isfy de­mand.. Tens of thou­sands of sup­port­ers will have at­tended ev­ery home game this sea­son and a large num­ber will miss out.”

It also com­plained of “the cost of travel in­creas­ing by the minute from greedy travel op­er­a­tors”, a lack of ac­com­mo­da­tion and lack of pub­lic trans­port out of the city af­ter mid­night.

“It is pretty clear that Basel is not best equipped to deal with such large num­bers that we have wit­nessed in pre­vi­ous years,” it added.

UEFA spokesman Pe­dro Pinto said the fi­nal venues were cho­sen al­most two years in ad­vance due to “the enor­mous lo­gis­ti­cal ef­fort in­volved.”

He said the sta­dium, which is home of Swiss cham­pi­ons FC Basel and hosted matches at Euro 2008, as one of Europe’s “elite venues”, adding that ca­pac­ity was just one fac­tor taken into ac­count.

“UEFA tends to select slightly smaller, topqual­ity venues for the UEFA Europa League fi­nal,” he said. “This means UEFA can give more of its na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions an op­por­tu­nity to host a club fi­nal. “The num­ber of sup­port­ers re­quest­ing

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