Platini sorry for Champions League final prices
UEFA president Michel Platini apologized Wednesday for the high
price of Champions League final tickets, while claiming that some
are already available on the black market for 10 times their face
Tickets at Wembley Stadium on May 28 will cost almost twice as
much as the final two years ago for some fans.
”It was a mistake, it was not good,” Platini said in London
for the handover of the Champions League trophy. ”But it is not
easy to decide the price of the tickets in the Champions League
A ticket that cost ?90 ($130) in 2009 will cost ?175 ($253) in
2011. The equivalent ticket in Madrid last year to see Inter Milan
beat Bayern Munich cost ?155.
A ticket costing ?140 in 2009 has risen by around 85 percent to
?260 in 2011.
On top of buying the ticket, fans will also have to pay an
administration fee of ?31 for sales within Europe.
But Platini said however low UEFA makes ticket prices, scalpers
– or touts as they called in England – will try to sell them at a
higher price for profit.
Platini said that is happening with the 11,000 tickets for the
final that have already been put on open sale after receiving
”Now on the black market these tickets are 10 times the price
that we decided,” Platini said. ”Perhaps in the future we have to
have another category for families that is less expensive. But if
you put those on the black market how much will they cost?”
A Spanish team will play in the final, with Real Madrid and
Barcelona facing off in the semifinals. Manchester United will
contest the final on home soil if it gets past German club
Each of the finalists receive 25,000 tickets. The cheapest
seats, which are sold only by the finalists, are ?95, compared with
?90 in 2010 and ?70 in Rome in 2009.
UEFA expects income from the Champions League final to reach
?16.7 million, compared with ?11.5 million last year.