Liverpool CANCEL Champions League final tickets of 13 fans who tried to sell their seats online, as they warn others of FAKES circulating – with prices on resale sites starting at £1,700
- Liverpool have warned fans who try to resell their tickets could face life bans
- Both clubs were given 19,618 tickets for the final at Stade de France on Saturday
- Liverpool said more than 50 accounts had been selling seats for the game online
- The club added some supporters had been defrauded by buying fake tickets
Liverpool have cancelled the Champions League final tickets of 13 of their supporters after they were found to have tried to sell their their seats online.
The club revealed some of their fans have been caught out by fake tickets for the clash with Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday and warned those who attempt to resell their seats to others online – most likely at a huge markup on the face value price – could face lifetime bans.
Liverpool and Real fans are scrambling for last minute seats for the match at Stade de France, for which they were each only given a miserly allocation of 19,618 tickets in a venue that has a capacity of more than 81,000.
Liverpool and Real Madrid were each given 19,618 tickets for the final at the 81,000-capacity Stade de France
Fans of the two sides are being forced into looking for tickets on unofficial websites
The lack of tickets available through official routes has led to fans seeking seats on resale websites where prices are starting at around £1,700.
One site – livefootballtickets.com – supposedly has 2,786 tickets available for the final, with the most expensive priced at a whopping £5,000.
Most of the cheaper seats on livefootballtickets.com are for Real fans, with the lowest price for a ticket in the designated Liverpool end of the stadium costing £2,499.
Livefootballtickets.com supposedly has more than 2,786 seats available, with prices starting at £1,700
‘There has unfortunately been an increase in the number of fans being defrauded, online in particular, by fake match ticket offers,’ Liverpool said in a statement.
‘If any supporter is offered a ticket online, they should report it to LFC and to Action Fraud.
‘Liverpool FC will not stand idly by and watch people try to sell tickets they have been fortunate enough to get access to via the ballot.
‘All reports of ticket touting, or online ticket fraud, will be investigated in line with the LFC sanctions process. If a supporter has been found to have offered a ticket for sale online, this could result in a lifetime ban for that individual.’
Jurgen Klopp is hoping to guide his Liverpool team to a treble of cup trophies this season
Liverpool said it has identified more than 50 accounts which are ‘actively involved in selling, or offering to sell’ tickets for the final and called on social media companies to close them.
UEFA warned earlier this month that tickets bought on the secondary market may not grant them access to the stadium.
Supporters of both Liverpool and Real were able to obtain tickets via access to their own club’s ballot and from the UEFA official ballot.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin defended their ticketing system and allocation, after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp questioned why almost half of the 75,000 tickets for the game against Real Madrid in Paris are given to sponsors and officials.
Liverpool said some fans had been defrauded after they bought fake tickets for the final
More than one-fifth of Liverpool’s allocation (categories one and two) will cost between £410 and £578. Almost 56 per cent are priced at £125, with nearly a quarter £50.
Liverpool are hoping to wrap up a treble of cup trophies this season when they take on Real as Jurgen Klopp’s men have already won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
They were denied a quadruple after being pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City.
FULL LIVERPOOL STATEMENT
Liverpool Football Club has called on social media companies to close more than 50 social media accounts and groups it believes are actively involved in selling, or offering to sell, Champions League final tickets online.
The club has also identified 13 supporters who have offered their tickets for Saturday’s game against Real Madrid for sale online.
Those fans have had their tickets cancelled, while their accounts are in the process of being investigated further, with the possibility of added sanctions to follow.
The move comes following a recent warning reminding supporters to buy tickets from official sellers only.
The club received an allocation of 19,618 tickets for the all-ticket fixture at Stade de France in Paris this weekend.
There has unfortunately been an increase in the number of fans being defrauded, online in particular, by fake match ticket offers. If any supporter is offered a ticket online, they should report it to LFC here – and to Action Fraud.
Liverpool FC will not stand idly by and watch people try to sell tickets they have been fortunate enough to get access to via the ballot.
All reports of ticket touting, or online ticket fraud, will be investigated in line with the LFC sanctions process. If a supporter has been found to have offered a ticket for sale online, this could result in a lifetime ban for that individual.
The club is also encouraging supporters to be diligent when providing any personal or payment details to persons they do not know.
Liverpool FC continues to work closely with Merseyside Police and, where possible, will pass on the details of any supporters who have offered a ticket for sale online.