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travel chaos Extravagant ticket prices for Champions League final revealed as Man City owner makes gesture

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Guardiola goes head to head with Thomas Tuchel again on May 29 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Guardiola goes head to head with Thomas Tuchel again on May 29 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Guardiola goes head to head with Thomas Tuchel again on May 29 (Martin Rickett/PA)

After creating a logistical nightmare for Manchester City and Chelsea fans by opting to stage the Champions League final in Porto and opting against moving the event to Wembley, UEFA have now issued extravagant ticket prices for the game on May 29th,

London was the favoured venue for the biggest game in European football, but UEFA opted to stage the match in Portugal after the UK government refused to give a green light to 2000 of dignitaries and sponsors that are aiming to entertain.

With English fans scrambling to find flights and accommodation, UEFA have now released details of ticket prices for the match, with the top two categories falling stretching the finances of the most affluent of supporters:

Category 1 - £515.00

Category 2 - £386.50

Category 3 - £154.50

Category 4 - £60

City fans will be helped by their club's owners, who will be funding their travel to Portugal for what will be the biggest game in the club's history.

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The match has been moved from Istanbul for Porto’s Estadio do Dragao (Tim Goode/PA)

The match has been moved from Istanbul for Porto’s Estadio do Dragao (Tim Goode/PA)

The match has been moved from Istanbul for Porto’s Estadio do Dragao (Tim Goode/PA)

Speaking about the initiative, Sheikh Mansour said: "Pep and the team have had such a remarkable season and their reaching the Champions League Final after a very challenging year represents a truly historic moment for the Club.

"It is therefore incredibly important that as many fans as possible have the opportunity to attend this special game. Especially those who have supported Manchester City through good and bad times for so many years."

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "The challenges faced by supporters ahead of this final are multiple, both in financial and logistical terms.

"Hopefully His Highness' initiative allows the majority of our attending fans to focus on enjoying the day rather than worrying about how to bear the burden of travel costs which have become all the more onerous due to the effects of the pandemic."

UEFA issued its own statement on Wednesday which read: "With regards to the travelling of fans with tickets from the allocation of the two finalists, UEFA, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), and the Portuguese authorities strongly recommend organised travel by both clubs for as many as possible."

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It is understood though that supporters who travel independently to Portugal but have a valid ticket will not be turned away at the stadium, with quarantine-free travel between the UK and Portugal now possible. The 24-hour round trip option is designed to lessen the impact on Porto as the host city.

Portugal is on the UK government’s ‘green list’ for travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, and is welcoming UK tourists who have had a recent negative test, have recovered from the virus and therefore have antibodies, or had both doses of a vaccine.

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