Tickets for Liverpool's Europa League final are being shopped online for eye-watering amounts
Two tickets for next week’s Europa League final between Liverpool and Sevilla in Basel are being marketed on eBay for a massive £30,000.
With Liverpool receiving around 10,000 tickets for the match at the compact St Jakob Stadium next Wednesday and only a cut of those going to the club’s regular supporters, the demand is set to exceed supply several times over.
That has sparked a crazy bidding war for tickets on line, with the ambitious £30,000 price tag contrasted by another seller who is offering two tickets for £4,500.
Ticket selling websites are also offering entry into the Europa League final for fans willing to spend up to £2000 for just one ticket and the asking price looks set to spiral in the days leading up to the match, with Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge among those who have been critical of UEFA’s choice of venue for the final of the second tier competition.
“If UEFA want to promote the Europa League as a big competition that top teams want to win, why would they agree to play the final a piddly stadium in Switzerland that is not big enough to stage the event,” questioned the former Republic of Ireland striker.
“St Jakob Park in Basel is host stadium for the final and it holds a little over 35,000 fans, yet Liverpool could fill that three times over for the final.
“I know these things are decided in advance, but UEFA would be wise to have a couple of venues at their disposal and pick the one that best suits the teams involved.
“UEFA want the Europa League to be taken seriously, so they should play the final at one of the world’s top stadiums. A venue with a decent capacity. What a cock-up.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has retracted his suggestion that every Liverpool fan should head to Basel next week even if they don’t have a ticket, as he now suggests fans should only travel if they have an official ticket.