UEFA ticket policy angers Chelsea fans
UEFA are maintaining their stance that Chelsea will not be allowed any additional tickets for their Europa League final against Benfica on May 15.
Chelsea have been allocated just 9,800 tickets in the 48,000 capacity Amsterdam ArenA stadium with the majority of tickets going to neutral fans and the 'UEFA family'.
The Chelsea Supporters' Trust labelled their treatment as "ridiculous" and "shocking" after their route to the final included far-flung trips to Ukraine, Russia and Romania and has now predicted that the Dutch capital will become flooded with as many as 30,000 Blues 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.
"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."
UEFA's standing on finals such as this is to try and make the occasion accessible to as much of the general public as possible.
Their official policy reads: "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."