'It's the system that works' - UEFA president responds to Jurgen Klopp over Liverpool Champions League final tickets
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has responded to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp questioning the allocation of Champions League final tickets by stating the governing body uses "the system that works".
Klopp was last week critical of the number of tickets handed to the Reds and fellow finalists Real Madrid, with the pair each receiving 20,000 for the final on May 28 in Paris at the Stade de France, which has a capacity of 75,000 for the match.
Liverpool supporters' union the Spirit of Shankly wrote an open letter to Ceferin urging a rethink of the allocation and pricing structure, with more than half of tickets available for Reds fans costing more than £125.
The UEFA president has now explained the detail behind the ticket situation. And while Ceferin didn't mention Klopp by name, it is understood the pair have each other's telephone number and have spoken on previous occasions.
"I explained the same thing to one of the coaches of the two (finalist) teams a couple of days ago and I can do it here," he said. "I explained it to him a bit more and took much more time because I went through every single number.
"From the revenues from the finals, UEFA gets 6.5% and 93.5% goes to the clubs. From the other matches 100% of the revenues goes to the clubs. Fans of both teams get 20,000 tickets each. If sponsors that pay 100 or more million euros sponsorship - of which 93.5% goes to the same clubs - get some tickets, it's part of a contractual obligation that we have.
"UEFA doesn't get more tickets than the others. Some tickets go to the market, some tickets go to the fans and some go to the partners. It's not UEFA. I'm not giving tickets for free to my friends or selling to my friends.
"It's the system that works, and clubs couldn't function differently. For us, not much will change if all the tickets will be 10 euros, but it will change a lot for the clubs. A lot."