UEFA cut final ticket prices

UEFA has cut the price of the cheapest tickets for the Champions League final at Wembley compared with two years ago.

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The European governing body is selling 11,800 tickets for £60 each - in 2011 the category four tickets for the general public were £150 plus a £26 administration charge, though some £80 tickets were available through the clubs.

UEFA president Michel Platini admitted two years ago that the prices were "a mistake" and this year the administration charge will also be reduced to £8 within the UK.

Of the 86,000 capacity, 59,000 tickets will be available to fans with each of the finalists receiving 25,000 and 9,000 being sold via uefa.com.

The Football Supporters' Federation chief executive Kevin Miles admitted the prices were not perfect but an improvement on 2011.

"To UEFA's credit they actually listened to what we said and dropped prices," he said.

"The cheapest price is still expensive but I suppose the Champions League final is the most prestigious club game in Europe. Whether we like it or not a premium will be charged for that.

The top category one seats will cost £330, category two £230 and category three £140.

There will also be 200 youth packages for 200 children to each be accompanied by an adult also priced at £60 per person.

Ticket sales will start on Monday at 11am but will be sold via a lottery rather than on a first-come, first-served basis.The Football Supporters' Federation said the prices were not perfect but an improvement on 2011.

Kevin Miles, FSF chief executive and a member of Football Supporters Europe executive committee, met with UEFA to discuss ticket pricing following 2011's final.

Miles said: "Prices aren't perfect and we would like to see more tickets priced in the lower category range, but things are a lot better than they were a couple of years ago.

"The 2011 final was held at Wembley and the cheapest tickets then were £176 once the administration fee was taken into account.

"That was clearly too much and resulted in meetings between UEFA and our members at Football Supporters Europe, which I attended.

"To UEFA's credit they actually listened to what we said and dropped prices. It's the first time I can remember an organisation as big as UEFA doing that in relation to ticket prices.

"The cheapest price is still expensive but I suppose the Champions League final is the most prestigious club game in Europe. Whether we like it or not a premium will be charged for that.

"UEFA also gives a higher ratio of seats to fans ahead of corporate sales. Around 70 per cent of tickets will go directly to fans. That's a higher percentage than the FA Cup final which will take place at Wembley a fortnight earlier."

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