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Stranded at Gatwick: Chelsea fans react

More than 200 Chelsea fans have given up hope of reaching football's Champions League final after their chartered flight to Moscow was cancelled.

Some of them have contacted the BBC News website to give their comments.


CHRIS HANSON, HERNE BAY
I paid 400 for my ticket and it has all gone down the drain thanks to this flight being cancelled, I'm disappointed and shattered.

I am going to try and claim that money back from the airline company.

DAVID COX, CASTLE CARY
I have no idea what sort of refund I am going to receive. I paid nearly 700 for the flight, 120 for the ticket and I changed 45 into roubles which are now useless to me.

I had to travel to London to pick up my ticket, I had to drive to and park my car at Gatwick. I'm now back at home and will watch the game on the TV.

I'm tired and annoyed but perhaps this will change when Chelsea lift the cup tonight.

GUY SELFE, GRAYS, ENGLAND
I have just returned home from Gatwick. This is the biggest day for Chelsea fans - to miss out on the experience is not something I can put into words.

To make matters worse, my last trip to a European Final - the 1998 Cup Winners Cup Final in Stockholm was also plagued by ill fortune.

Fog bound Stansted, transferred several hours later to Gatwick, arriving in Stockholm just in time for something to eat before rushing to the match, then chaos coming home with the Swedish authorities unable to cope with thousands of fans wanting to get home.

I would dearly love to give the team talk to Chelsea tonight - go on Chelsea bring it on home.

OLI, LONDON
Just got home after a 12 hour round trip to Gatwick. Absolutely gutted, devastated. The travel company took away something that no amount of money can give back to us.

Their abject failure in dealing with the situation and finding a solution was unbelievable. I should be in Red Square right now but instead I will have to make do with watching it on TV. Disastrous.

PAUL STABLES, SOUTHWATER
The football game of a lifetime was in our grasp and we have had it snatched away - and then we got a police escort out of Gatwick with a "on your way sonny".

Some people just do not realise the passion of football.

DAVID PETTITT, NORTH CHEAM, SURREY
Just returned home totally dejected. As a Chelsea fan for 40 years I naturally wanted to be there for the biggest game in the club's history.

The official line was a problem with the plane's hydraulics but they had six hours to rectify the issue.

It got very heated to say the least when the travel company, Flight Options, made the announcement at about 13.00 BST that the flight was cancelled.

With a strong police presence, who were sympathetic to our problem, we were asked to leave the departure gate and basically told "sorry, hard luck and go home".

A terrible day so far for all the Chelsea fans that have missed out, so let's hope it ends there and the Blues can bring back the trophy.

NICK MORROW, GLASGOW
I can't describe how let down and sad I feel. This was supposed to be an amazing day out. I am so frustrated. I travelled down from Glasgow last night.

A lot of people had been boozing since 4am and were very angry when it became apparent we were not going anywhere.

Having said that, the police did a pretty good job of keeping the trouble to a minimum. What a disaster though!

I almost hope that Chelsea lose tonight - otherwise, I'm not sure I could handle knowing I could have been there on the greatest night in our club's history.




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