“And now, the end is near, and we must face the final curtain.
Real Madrid face Liverpool in the Champions League Final in Kiev, of that we’re certain”
(This can be sung to the tune ‘My Way’)
now we all know that LFC have “You’ll never walk alone as their anthem”. It would seem to be true when you’re in Kiev
Normally the pre match muttering involves UEFA and the fact that the ticket allocation is a farce. Liverpool with an average home attendance of 53,049 have been allocated 16,626. This is the same as Real Madrid will receive, despite their average home attendance of 65,647. The total allocation to the two finalists when all the legitimate avenues are taken into account makes up 63% of the attendance.
The rest, 37% will consist of hospitality members, rights holders, commercial partners, officials, players past and present and media.
The second major complaint would be the ticket prices This year they have four categories. The lowest are £61 (£48 with a restricted view), whilst the top category are £394 (or 315 for a restricted view. The major complaint will be the ease that ticket touts have sourced their tickets and warnings about fake tickets.
This year it is accommodation that has hit the headlines and produced a bunch of internet heroes for our times. Some hotels have hiked their prices by a multiple of twenty, so a €1000 per night is now €20,000. Disgracefully, fans who took a punt on their team being there and booked rooms well in advance, now are being ripped off. Take the case of Michael Cain, 53, and his brother Darren, 54, both from Liverpool. They had faith that Jurgen Klopp would steerhis team to the final so they had booked a £250 hotel room in Kiev back in November 2017. Last week they received an email saying the hotel could not honour their booking due to “electrical faults”. Mr Cain claims the hotel has continued to advertise rooms since the cancellation, and instead offered the brothers another hotel 60km away for £3,000 for two nights. As a result, the brothers had planned to sleep in a tent on the streets of Kiev.
Then this story took a twist. 27-year-old Victor Kylymar saw the story and offered the brothers his couch, for nothing, (or a bottle of whisky according to other sources.) Victor and some friends who were Liverpool fans, were so embarrassed by the image of Kiev the hotels were presenting they set up the ‘Kyiv Free Couch’ Facebook page for visiting supporters. The page reads: “As hotels are booked in Kyiv on 26 May, and many football fans are looking for the place the stay after the final game, local people are ready to host for free.”
One Liverpudlian when asking if he could hire a car was told that he could borrow his hosts!
There is Real Madrid version of the Facebook page. It has proven to be equally popular.
It has the potential to be a great match.
“All that’s left to do now, is to wish Good luck to both teams and hope, that both sets of fans behave the right way”