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UEFA Disappoints Again With Super Cup Allocation

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Once again, fans come in a distant second to UEFA corporate interests.

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If Liverpool fans were disappointed with the 16,000 seats allocated for the Champions League final, they will not be pleased with the latest offering for the UEFA Super Cup. The club announced yesterday that they would receive a mere 5,257 seats for the match against Europa League victors Chelsea, set to take place at Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul on August 14th.

Shockingly, this is even less than the 6,000 on offer for both Chelsea and Arsenal fans for the Europa League final in Baku. UEFA came under some fire in the English media for both ticket allocations and locations of the finals (particularly the Europa League final), but that didn’t seem to have much effect for this match, with most of the seats going to “friends of UEFA,” i.e. corporate benefactors.

Although the Super Cup isn’t nearly as important as the finals that preceded it, and the mid-week fixture might make travel difficult, it seems likely that demand will be more than the supply. From Liverpool’s perspective, many will be eager to return to the site of arguably the most famous night in the club’s history.

In better news, the club also announced a far more fitting 28,000 seat allocation for the Community Shield in Anfield South, set to take place against Manchester City on August 4th.

Regardless of how many Reds end up making the trip to the one-off finals, it’s nice to see Liverpool back competing for things again, isn’t it?