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Thursday, April 22, 1999 Published at 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK

Sport: Football

United anger over ticket quota

United fans celebrate their side's 3-2 victory over Juventus

Manchester United fans have been left fuming after discovering they are only likely to receive 25,000 tickets for their Champions' Cup final on May 26.

BBC correspondent, Daniel Schweimler, offers fans some advice
News of the probable allocation for the Champions' Cup Final against Bayern Munich in Barcelona's 115,000-seat Nou Camp stadium has been branded "ridiculous" by United's supporters' organisation.

Spokesman for the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association, Lee Hodgkiss, said the decision would push black market pushing prices to astronomical levels.

A UEFA spokeswoman said that officials would meet on Friday to decide on the precise allocation, but it would "probably" be 25,000 for each of the finalists.

The remainder of the tickets would be allocated by Spanish football authorities.


United supporters have waited 31 years for a European Cup final since the historic victory of Sir Matt Busby's team over Benfica at Wembley in 1968.

[ image: The meagre allocation could raise blackmarket prices to extraordinary levels]
The meagre allocation could raise blackmarket prices to extraordinary levels
Hodgkiss said an allocation of 50,000 for each of the finalists would be more realistic.

"This is the game every supporter will want to go to," he said. "Most of them have waited a lifetime for a match like this.

"An allocation like this is a bit of a joke. There will be a huge black market and supporters will have to travel without tickets. To get less than half the stadium between us is ridiculous. We get more than this for Wembley.

"It is not just our fans. The Bayern supporters are well-known for travelling away in large numbers."

Manchester United assistant secretary Ken Ramsden said the club were still waiting to hear the official allocation.

"We had 6,000 tickets for last night's match and only sold 4,000," he said.

"We shall get as many tickets as we can get and obviously the Germans will do the same."

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