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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49494096

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham fans are calling for Uefa to change how it manages the Champions League and Europa League finals.

Problems last season saw fans struggle with travel arrangements and with getting tickets for the Madrid and Baku finals.

Liverpool and Tottenham fans received allocations of under half the capacity of the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Chelsea and Arsenal had around 5,000 fans at Baku's Olympic Stadium.

Uefa has reiterated the difficulties in the planning involved in organising ticket sales and travel for fans.

It said it was "impossible to predict" the teams in the final because venues are chosen two years in advance.

The six-point plan

A joint statement released on Wednesday by the supporters' trusts for Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool asks for:

Allocation - 80% of tickets to be made available to the two competing finalists, with the remaining 20% for sponsors, the football family, key stakeholders and a small general sale.

Capacity - Only stadiums with large capacities to be selected, to ensure maximum ticket availability (60,000 or greater for the Europa League final, 75,000 for the Champions League final).

Affordability - A stretch pricing policy allowing choice for fans.

Accessibility - The highest standards of accessibility for people with disabilities.

Infrastructure - The location to be a city with excellent transport links, including the capacity to deal with additional charter flights, good rail links to nearby cities and airports and bed-space capacity to deal with the number of visitors.

Equality - The host to abide by a human-rights and equality policy that ensures no discrimination or denial of right of entry.

Problems faced by fans

Liverpool and Tottenham fans were allocated 33,286 of the 68,000 tickets for the Champions League final in Madrid.

The remaining tickets for the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium went to the local organising committee, Uefa, national associations, commercial partners, broadcasters and corporate hospitality packages.

For the Europa League final taround 5,000 home-based supporters from Chelsea and Arsenal followed their clubs to Baku, with the Blues sending almost half their allocation back unsold.

Fans were put off by the lack of direct flights as well as price hikes in hotels and the cost of the tickets.

Speaking in June, Uefa said "recent experience" with finals in "comparable venues" meant "the number of finalists' supporters requesting tickets for a Uefa Europa League final can vary greatly from club to club".

The 2020 Champions League final will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Istanbul - famous for Liverpool's comeback victory in 2005 - while Stadion Energa Gdansk in Poland will host this season's Europa League final.

The decision for the 2021 finals will be made on 24 September, with Allianz Arena in Munich and Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg bidding for the Champions League final.

Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi and Seville's Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan are in the running for the Europa League final.

https://chelseasupporterstrust.com/4774-time-for-uefa-to-take-action-on-managing-the-champions-league-and-europa-league-finals/

TIME FOR UEFA TO TAKE ACTION ON MANAGING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND EUROPA LEAGUE FINALS

The fan experience at UEFA finals must be improved, say fan groups of last year’s four finalists.

Ahead of tomorrow’s draw in Monaco for the Champions League and Europa League 2019/20 tournaments, supporters of last season’s four finalists are calling for changes in how UEFA manage the finals.

A joint statement by Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, Spirit of Shankly and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust reads:

Reaching a UEFA Champions League or Europa League final should be a wonderful experience for a club’s supporters. Instead, they can face a struggle just to attend the match. Problems range from inadequate numbers of tickets being awarded to the finalists through to all-but-impossible travel arrangements. Too often fans who had supported their clubs in every round up to the final were left out of pocket or not able to attend the final at all. 

We have drawn up a six-point action plan to improve the supporter experience. It has been referred to the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) and Football Supporters Europe (FSE). We now call on UEFA to engage in meaningful dialogue with supporters and address these points.

1. Allocation: 80% of tickets should be made available to the two competing finalists. with the remaining 20% for sponsors, the football family, key stakeholders and small general sale.
 
2. Capacity: only stadiums with large capacities should be selected to ensure maximum ticket availability. We suggest 60,000 or greater for the Europa League final; 75,000 for the Champions League final.
 
3. Affordability: ticket pricing for the final to be fair and affordable. There should be a stretch pricing policy allowing choice for fans. 
 
4. Accessibility: the final venue must have the highest standards for accessibility for people with disabilities, including travel access to the stadium; sufficient food, drink and washroom facilities; and have not been subject to a UEFA charge for the treatment of fans for at least 24 months prior to the final.
 
5. Infrastructure: the location of the final venue to be a city with excellent transport links, including the capacity to deal with additional charter flights, and ideally good rail links to nearby cities and airports; bed-space capacity to deal with the large number of visitors.
 
6. Equality: the host country must abide by a human-rights and equality policy that ensures no discrimination or denial of right of entry is applied to any player or supporter travelling to the final.

Tomorrow’s much hyped draw will involve everybody from the football family except the very people without whom there would be no European Football – its supporters. We call upon UEFA to strengthen its dialogue with fans and request that they start by engaging with groups like ourselves to discuss the proposals we have put forward to improve arrangements for fans at the final stage of the Champions and Europa Leagues.

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust
Arsenal Supporters’ Trust
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust
Spirit of Shankly, Liverpool Supporters’ Trust 

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Utd sold Lukaku to Inter & have loaned out Sánchez to the same club, that  leaves them very thin upfront. Martial, Rashford & James, Mata & Lingard can fill in with necessary, then they have youth players.

That is pretty shocking when you consider they are playing in Europa, and that 3day turnaround before the next league game is a killer. I am confused about what they are trying to do by trimming their squad and stripping it of needed experience. 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48906359

Bolton Wanderers' survival has been secured after Football Ventures (Whites) Limited completed its protracted takeover of the club.

Administrators had warned that the club could be placed into liquidation on Wednesday without a finalised takeover.

It looked to have collapsed on Monday, leading to bleak warnings about the future of the 145-year-old club.

"I'm delighted we've finally reached a satisfactory conclusion with the sale," said joint administrator Paul Appleton.

"I have every sympathy for the staff, players and fans who have been forced to stand by while their club was taken to the brink. I am delighted their loyalty, dedication and patience have finally been rewarded."

On Tuesday, the English Football League gave Bolton 14 days to complete a deal or face expulsion from the EFL.

Bury became the first club to be expelled from the EFL for 27 years on Tuesday, after a takeover bid fell through just before the EFL's deadline.

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5 hours ago, bluedave said:

I can't imagine much worse than getting sent to prison, only to find out your cell mate is Dean f**king Saunders.

Oh I don't know, imagine the hours you could fill continuously punching the little c**t in the face, your sentence wouild fly in. 

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1 hour ago, dkw said:

Oh I don't know, imagine the hours you could fill continuously punching the little c**t in the face, your sentence wouild fly in. 

Would probably be reduced for providing such a vital public service. 

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17 hours ago, Strider6003 said:

Obviously we will appreciate this more than some other successful clubs due to our battles just before Bates arrived.

It makes me wonder about British players putting money into a fund like you would with a union to help out those clubs with players and support staff not being payed in circumstances like this. 

Totally agree Strider.

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On 28/08/2019 at 17:45, ducavis said:

Utd sold Lukaku to Inter & have loaned out Sánchez to the same club, that  leaves them very thin upfront. Martial, Rashford & James, Mata & Lingard can fill in with necessary, then they have youth players.

That is pretty shocking when you consider they are playing in Europa, and that 3day turnaround before the next league game is a killer. I am confused about what they are trying to do by trimming their squad and stripping it of needed experience. 

I was surprised that they loaned out Sanchez without a replacement. That said, I think they needed to do something with him. He’s not contributing in anyway so need to find a way of selling him which loaning is probably the only way to do it. 

They look poor though. Ole to be sacked by Christmas. 

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35 minutes ago, JM7 said:

I was surprised that they loaned out Sanchez without a replacement. That said, I think they needed to do something with him. He’s not contributing in anyway so need to find a way of selling him which loaning is probably the only way to do it. 

They look poor though. Ole to be sacked by Christmas. 

It is a loan deal with no option to buy; and we all know Italian clubs are cheapskates, they are not buying him. They have also agreed to loan out Smalling with no option to buy to Roma, and trying to loan out Darmian to an Italian club.

I am struggling to see the big picture as competing in the Europa league can be brutal on players fitness. Come Jan if key players are injured, they will be forced to enter the market where they will be fleeced. It is madness. 

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1 hour ago, ForeverCarefree said:

Thoughts go out to Luis Enrique whose daughter has tragically passed away from bone cancer at the age of nine. 

Poor girl. How awful for any parent that has to go through this.

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2 hours ago, ForeverCarefree said:

Thoughts go out to Luis Enrique whose daughter has tragically passed away from bone cancer at the age of nine. 

Absolutely horrible news for Luis Enrique and his family and friends. I cant even begin to imagine the pain they must be feeling.

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Another twist in the Bury episode.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49526433

Bury are "actively considering" legal action against the English Football League following the club's "unfair" expulsion on Tuesday.

Members of the club's executive met on Friday to discuss their options, having earlier sent the EFL a letter questioning its handling of the affair.

The Shakers were expelled after C&N Sporting Risk pulled out of a takeover.

"All options are on the table. One that has to be considered is legal action," said the club's lawyer Chris Farnell.

"At least three bids went in on Friday before the deadline. The EFL allowed an extension for one bid - from C&N - but other bids were attracted and submitted to the EFL and it would appear they weren't considered."

In a club statement issued on Thursday, Bury confirmed the EFL would not be rescinding its decision to expel the club - despite the Shakers saying a £7m takeover bid had been submitted prior to Tuesday's second deadline.

The club have since sent a letter to the EFL setting out a list of questions - seen by BBC Sport - including:

  • Why a late bid from Brazilian multi-millionaire pastor Gustavo Benedito, which emerged on Tuesday afternoon, was not accepted.
  • Why the EFL said that a bid from an Italian consortium had not been received when the club insist that it had.
  • Why the offer from C&N Sporting Risk was the only one accepted by the EFL and the only one granted an extension.
  • Why is it proportionate to consider dropping Bury five leagues - the club want the EFL to consider dropping them down to League Two instead
  • Why owner Steve Dale passed the fit and proper person test.
  • Why the EFL refused to meet with representatives of Bury on Friday.
  • Why ex-Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite was not considered to be an appropriate owner.

 

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Our former youth Goalkeeper Marcin Bulka who left for PSG is starting tonight v Metz.

Areola who was first choice is going on an initial 1 year loan deal + £13.5m for Navas.

The business the trio of Barca, Madrid & PSG engage in is crazy & borderline brainless. 

 

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