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Chelsea won't receive more tickets

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UEFA is adamant that Chelsea will not receive any more tickets for the Europa League final despite protests from fans of the west London club.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust said it was "dismayed" that the club had been allocated just 9,800 tickets for the May 15 final against Benfica at the 48,000 capacity Amsterdam ArenA.

That amount roughly equates to 20% of the stadium capacity, with the majority of tickets going to 'neutral fans' and the 'UEFA family.'

The group said "tens of thousands" of Chelsea fans will be therefore be unable to travel to the game despite following their team as far as Ukraine, Russia and Romania in Europe this season.

"We understand that the unfair allocation of tickets is outside of Chelsea FC's control, but we would urge Chelsea FC to make the most strident representation to UEFA about this issue, as it appears to occur time and time again in spite of UEFA's assertion that they will 'review' the situation," read a Chelsea Supporters Trust statement.

Tickets purchased through Chelsea range from £39 to £117, but they are already changing hands for £600 apiece online while touts outside the stadium are sure to demand even more.

Chelsea are aware of the statement by the supporters association and are understood to be disappointed with the allocation, but feel that there is nothing they can do about it at this late stage.

UEFA have stuck by its ticketing policy for the final, with a spokesman referring to statement, released when ticketing details were announced in November, which read: "In line with UEFA's policy to promote the competition among the general public, a total of 38,000 tickets, representing 79% of the net stadium capacity of 48,000, will go to the supporters of the two finalist teams and to neutral fans.

"Out of this allocation, the two finalist teams will receive a total of 20,000 tickets - 10,000 each - for distribution among their supporters.

"A significant allocation - 30% of these tickets - has been made available in category four, ensuring as wide as possible access to the match for the finalist clubs' fans."

The problem for Chelsea fans is that seats for the general public went on sale in November, five months before the Blues knew they were going to be in the final.

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The Chelsea Supporters Trust now expects Amsterdam to be flooded by fans without tickets.

"As many as 30,000 Chelsea supporters could make the trip to Amsterdam regardless of whether they have tickets, and we fear many will feel compelled to deal with ticket touts," the statement continued.

"This means that cash-strapped supporters who have already paid significant amounts of money this season following the team from Newcastle to Japan may well end up paying hundreds if not thousands of pounds for a ticket.

"These occasions seem to be seen not as occasions for the normal supporter, but a celebration for the higher echelons of football and the wealthy, some of whom will sell their tickets on to people who actually want to go to the game, just to make a quick profit.

"Furthermore, the large corporate and neutral presence in Amsterdam will take the edge off the atmosphere of what will be Chelsea's second European final in as many years."

Around 30,000 Chelsea fans went to Munich for last year's Champions League final despite the fact that the club had only been allocated 17,500 seats for the game.

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