Liverpool and Chelsea have each been given just 5,257 tickets for the first ever all-English UEFA Super Cup in August.
The annual fixture between the Europa League and Champions League winners takes place on August 14 at Besiktas’ Vodafone Park in Istanbul, the scene of Liverpool’s famous fifth European Cup victory in 2005.
The modern ‘smart stadium‘, officially opened with the visit of Bursaspor in 2016, has a capacity of 38,000 but once again UEFA have handed an incredibly low ticket allocation for such a high profile fixture.
UEFA say that the two clubs and the general public will receive 78% of the seats at the ground, with the remaining tickets going to the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, as well as commercial partners and broadcasters.
Chelsea and Liverpool fans are no strangers to the farcical ticketing policy the European football governing body adopt having been the victims of low numbers for their finals last season.
Chelsea, as well as Arsenal, were given a mere 5,800 tickets for the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan, and some were not sold because of the difficulty in getting to the destination.
Liverpool, meanwhile, received 16,600 seats of the 67,000 available at the Wanda Metropolitano for their memorable sixth European triumph.
In a bid to prevent fan frustration and disappointment in the future, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is thinking about restricting the Champions League final to only a few stadiums around Europe, with the Slovenian identifying London’s Wembley Stadium.
“What is my thinking now is we should play the finals in bigger stadiums even if we go to the same places, the same four or five places all the time,” he said about UEFA’s potential new plans.
“I’m talking about the Champions League only because it is the top of the top event.
“For example, for Madrid we had 980,000 requests. So even if we’d play in Wembley, we would have 30,000 more [tickets]. It would change something.
“Probably a top, top, top event should be played only at the top venues. Hotel-wise, mobility-wise, stadium-wise.
“But the Europa League and everything else should be shared with the others who love football.”
Tickets for the Super Cup are on sale now, varying om £45 to £135 depending on category.