Klopp on ticket allocation for UCL final: ‘It’s absolutely not correct’

Allocations and ticket prices for the Champions League final in Paris have been announced, and many fans are understandably frustrated with the availability of tickets for real supporters.

Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters have been allocated just under 20,000 tickets each, which is just over 39,000 tickets in total of the 75,000 available. Another 12,000 have been made available to all fans through a public lottery, and the remaining 23,000 and change are reserved for UEFA and its sponsors.

Liverpool supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly have written an open letter to UEFA and lambasted them for the greed on display and for making it so difficult for the average fan to even have a prayer to attend the final.

The topic is on almost everyone’s mind right now, so it’s no surprise that Jürgen Klopp was asked about it during his press conference today. His response was to emphatically agree with the sentiment of Spirit of Shankly and all those who are upset about the influence of money and corporate interests on football’s governing bodies.

“I 100,000% understand where Spirit of Shankly is coming from,” Klopp said. “It’s absolutely not fair but it happens everywhere. It doesn’t make it better, just in this specific case, not only do you pay more than last time for a ticket, but you only get 50% of the tickets and the rest goes to people who pay thousands and thousands for the tickets, that’s how all the money is made.

“The atmosphere, 20,000 whites (Real Madrid fans) and 20,000 reds are responsible for that. Do I like it? No. Am I going to change it? Talking about it is good, but it should also write about it because most of us think the same.

Klopp went further than just agreeing with the fans. He also did some not-so-subtle digging into the blatant cash grab that Qatar is hosting a World Cup and the general corruption of FIFA and UEFA.

“We will be talking in a few months that we have a World Cup in Qatar. How could this have happened? Nobody who made that decision at that time is still in charge, but the World Cup is always there. It’s a question of money. UEFA is not the saint of football, it never was.”

James V. Hayes