Chelsea returned 800 more than the 5 tickets they had allocated, 800 in Porto in the Champions League final with Manchester City. The tickets were part of a charter package where the flights were subsidized by the club.
Refunded tickets are £200 but backers were hesitant about the apparent restrictions on price and package deal.
Chelsea Supporters' Trust (CST) board member Dan Silver told the BBC: “UEFA's indifference to the fans has come to the fore again. They became our friends in the European Super League but now they have turned their back on us.
“Uefa's insistence on charter flights – initially linked to) Percentage of tickets returned by clubs – only spending 24 hours with added Covid testing and additional costs in Portugal made it very prohibitive. While there are obvious solutions closer to home, selling tickets for up to €400 for a limited-access final with unnecessary travel is overkill. “
CST had previously criticized Uefa's decision to host the match in Portugal, as the move to Wembley collapsed as the UK government failed to provide quarantine-free access to sponsors, broadcasters and VIPs during the coronavirus outbreak.
Ticket pricing was also criticized, with tickets starting at £60 and rising to nearly £350. The final was to be played in Istanbul until the government put Turkey on the high-risk “red list” for international travel.
The owner of the city, Sheikh Mansour, announced that he would pay the travel fee. Costs of club fans participating in the final.
CST, as well as City's 1894 Group, tweeted on Wednesday: “Stand together against the lies, greed, hypocrisy and deception of ChelseaSTrust & WeAre 1894 UEFA and their president, Aleksander Ceferin. The post included a picture of Ceferin mocking him for looking like Vito Corleone from The Godfather, under the caption “Greed Daddy.”
Uefa and the Portuguese football federation (FPF) released a statement Wednesday afternoon giving more details on which fans could expect to travel with official packages. “The overwhelming majority of fans of the two finalist clubs will travel via organized statutes, as agreed by Uefa, FPF and Portuguese officials,” he began.
“A comprehensive and efficient Airport has a mobility system to welcome fans traveling and take them directly to fan meeting points; this can only be accessed with evidence of a negative test result. These measures aim to ensure a safe day for both visiting fans and locals alike. ”
Backers will need a PCR test 72 hours before and after their flight, another test after they return. The capacity of the match at Estádio do Dragão is 24,500, a third of what it usually holds.