Roma and Feyenoord fans get 4,000 quotas for Europa Conf final

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Roma supporters cheer on their team ahead of the Europa Conference League semi-final match between Leicester City and Roma at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Roma and Feyenoord have each received 4,000 tickets for their supporters in the Europa Conference League final in Albania, with three quarters of the tickets being free, UEFA announced on Tuesday.

The clubs’ combined allocation is less than the 8,500 tickets – priced at 25 euros ($26) to 125 euros ($132) – that UEFA put up for sale on its website to fans around the world on Tuesday.

The stadium capacity is just 20,000 in Tirana’s National Arena (Arena Kombetare) for the inaugural final of Europe’s third-tier club competition on May 25.

Feyenoord said this week it was disappointed with the limited availability and warned fans against buying tickets from unofficial sellers.

UEFA chose Tirana as hosts in December 2020, a year after the official opening of the new stadium and before any team qualified to participate in the first competition.

UEFA had previously promised free tickets to the cup finals this season “to reward the soul of the game for their faithful support during the pandemic”.

The free ticket allocation for the Europa Conference League final is 6,000, with each club choosing how to distribute their quota.

The remaining 3,500 tickets are intended for local organisers, football officials and UEFA sponsors and broadcasters.

Albanian Football Association official Kejdi Tomorri said on Tuesday he expected 20,000 Dutch fans, the majority of whom will stay outside the stadium.

Roma’s previous two European finals have seen them play at their own Stadio Olimpico which now seats 70,000. Roma lost the 1984 European Cup final to Liverpool and were beaten by Inter Milan in the 1991 UEFA Cup final second leg.

Feyenoord also hosted their last European final, winning the 2002 UEFA Cup final against Borussia Dortmund watched by over 45,000 spectators in Rotterdam.

The final is a higher-profile match than many envisioned in 2018 when UEFA decided to create the Europa Conference League. Its aim was to give clubs from lower-ranked countries more opportunities to remain involved in European competitions beyond December.

Azerbaijani and Israeli clubs — Qarabağ and Maccabi Tel-Aviv — reached the qualifiers in February, and Norway’s Bodø/Glimt were knocked out in the quarter-finals in April by Roma.

Later on Tuesday, UEFA chose a venue for the 2023 final to be held at an even smaller stadium – the Eden Arena in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Its capacity will be less than 20,000 when equipped for a UEFA final.

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