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John Aldridge slams UEFA for "pathetic planning"

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has slammed UEFA for their poor planning that will hugely impact the four English sides that have made it to the European cup finals this season.

The former Red was venting his feelings toward UEFA in his weekly column for the Liverpool ECHO and raised points that fans of Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal will all agree with.

All four fanbases have been handed minuscule ticket allocations for their Champions League and Europa League finals that will take place in the next couple of weeks.

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He wrote in the ECHO: “It’s ridiculous that Liverpool have to wait 21 days between their last Premier League game and the Champions League final.

“For me it’s pathetic and sums UEFA up – along with their decision to hold the Europa League final in Baku.

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“It’s just big business. UEFA keep their tickets back and the sides contesting the final get allocations that aren’t enough.”

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Liverpool and Spurs have each been allocated fewer than 17,000 tickets in a stadium that seats almost 70,000 and while both fans are sure to find more tickets from the general sale, the fact that UEFA will divvy up most of the tickets to their partners and the local organising committee is appalling.

It’s understandable that they need to make money but the fans of the clubs that make it to the final deserve to be in attendance and not forced to buy tickets resold at extortionate prices.

It’s a decision that betrays the foundation of what football is built on: the fans.

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Without loyal and hard-working supporters, clubs like Liverpool would never be able to mount dramatic comebacks as they did against Barcelona in the second leg of their semifinal.

John Aldridge is totally correct to call UEFA pathetic and supporters across Europe will hope that the continent’s organising body will react to the mass outrage they’ve had directed at them and make a change next season.

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