UEFA has come under fire after announcing match ticket prices for the 2011 Champions’ League final at Wembley Stadium in May.

Fans hoping to pick up one of the 11,000 general sale tickets will have to cough up £176 for the cheapest seat. It means the Wembley final will be the most expensive in Champions’ League history.

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FAF) has condemned the prices and believes it contradicts UEFA’s policy of encouraging families to football events. FAF director of communications, Michael Brunskill, branded the decision ‘absolutely outrageous’ and said:

"It just strikes of profiteering at the supporters’ expense. The price on some tickets has doubled in one year and that’s before we even get started on the £26 admin fee which is the cherry on top of a pretty disgusting cake."

According to the Guardian, both Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger have criticised the decision, calling for the prices to be reduced. The English Football Association has attempted to distance themselves from UEFA with regard to ticket prices, insisting the European organisation had the final say.

"Part of UEFA’s reasoning for a Saturday evening final was to encourage children and families along. How does this square with charging £338 for a family ticket comprising of one child and one adult? On their own website UEFA warn fans not to buy ticket from touts as they’ll only be charged 'exorbitant prices' – the FSF would suggest that those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones," Brunskill added.

Interestingly, a ticket for the UEFA women's Champions League final, which is being held at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground on 26 May, is £5.

Posted on 19/02/2011