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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 May, 2005, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Liverpool fans begin final frenzy
By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool supporters have started the scramble to be in Turkey for the Champions League final.

Fans have clogged websites and travel firms for flights and accommodation for the match against AC Milan at the Ataturk stadium in Istanbul on 25 May.

Each club will receive 20,000 tickets, with 100,000 hotel rooms in the city already snapped up by travel agents.

And return flights to Istanbul on and around the date of the final are hitting the 600 mark.

There are about 69,500 tickets available in all and demand is already exceeding supply.

Uefa has closed applications for the 7,500 tickets it is selling on its website and they will inform those who have or have not got a ticket on Friday, 6 May.

Liverpool: 20,000
AC Milan: 20,000
Uefa website: 7,500
Turkish FA: 7,500
Uefa football family: 14,500
TOTAL: 69,500

Both clubs are set to reveal the procedure for allocating the tickets and Liverpool said on their website: "Selling criteria will be based on attendance criteria in previous rounds."

The Turkish Football Association has 7,500 tickets at its disposal for fans from the host country which could result in supporters going to Istanbul hoping to purchase on the black market.

Uefa is to distribute 14,500 tickets to its European football family for what is expected to be Turkey's biggest sporting event.

Turkish authorities are confident of staging such a huge event after success with the Eurovision song contest in 2004 and the Nato summit.

Report: BBC Five Live's Matt Williams


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