Peter Fischer, president of Eintracht Frankfurt, has railed against UEFA’s decision to grant only 10,000 tickets to his team’s supporters who traveled ten times more to Seville to watch their team crowned against the Glasgow Rangers (1-1, 5 tab 4) in the Europa League final.
Frankfurt supporters are not the only ones to leave a bad memory for the inhabitants of Seville. The club president also provoked the indignation of some residents of the Andalusian city, which hosted the Europa League final between Eintracht and Glasgow Rangers (1-1, 5 tab 4), with his statements. Peter Fischer thus railed against UEFA’s choice to organize this match at the Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium, which usually hosts Sevilla FC, whose capacity he considers far too low for such an event (43,000 seats). Especially since the European confederation has only granted 10,000 places to supporters of each camp.
“We’re playing in this Mickey Mouse stadium”
“200,000 fans wanted to be here today, launched the boss of the German club before the meeting. But 190,000 are sad because we play in this Mickey Mouse stadium.” After “invading” the Camp Nou in the quarter-final second leg of the competition, German fans have taken to the streets of Seville en masse in recent days. And it often degenerated with Scottish fans, who also made the trip to tens of thousands.
Several videos of violent clashes have been posted on social networks with fights or the throwing of tables, chairs and street furniture. Local police made several arrests. On the pitch, Frankfurt clinched their first European title after a 32-year wait by emerging victorious on penalties.
This week, Aleksander Ceferin, President of UEFA, detailed the reasons for the limited number of places allocated to supporters of the finalist teams in the European Cup after a rant from Jürgen Klopp. The Liverpool manager railed against the low number of places (20,000) allocated to his supporters for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28.
“With the exception of the final, all the money from the tickets goes to the organizing clubs, explained Ceferin. UEFA has sponsors who contribute between 100 and 150 million euros per year. Of course, we have obligations contractual obligations towards them. But of this 100 or 150 million euros, 93.5% goes to the clubs. I told him that I was also in charge of the Football Association of Moldova, which has an annual budget of 5 million euros, which is the monthly salary of a player, perhaps his team or another team.”
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