Champions League rip-off

17 02 2011

Boris is right to extol the virtues of the Champions League final being at Wembley this year, but has he not seen the prices? My goodness.

The public can get tickets, but it seems the minimum price is £150 for adults and £80 for people in wheelchairs, which is  really steep, especially as the top tickets are going for £300. What I’m even more annoyed about is the administration fee, which is an incredible and perhaps record-breaking £26 per transaction! There will be a package for adults and a child at £338, and only go with the £225 adult ticket. These all go on sale a week today.

But in much better news London will also host a FREE eight-day UEFA Champions Festival in Hyde Park in the run up to both the women’s and men’s finals at the end of May.

The festival site will consist of live football areas, five a side tournaments and master classes, alongside a wide range of entertainment and bars, plus a dedicated UEFA travelling museum which will give fans an opportunity to get close to the UEFA Champions Trophy.

Boris, whose press officer tried to make him sound like he understood football, but failed, said: “We are home to footballing giants and this is the contest of Europe’s best. Londoners are incredibly passionate about football, not least because our capital contains some of the best clubs in Europe. So with our enviable pedigree in running top-notch sporting occasions, and our passion for the beautiful game, there can be no better city to host the UEFA Champions League finals.

So as the excitement builds and you can’t wait until kick off head instead for Hyde Park and soak up the atmosphere at the wonderful, free, UEFA Champions Festival that I am delighted London is hosting.”

And all this allows me to show Boris playing football again:


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