UEFA President Ceferin: The fans’ experience in the Champions League final was not ideal

UEFA President Ceferin: The fans' experience in the Champions League final was not ideal
June 22, 2023

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin admitted “not all the pieces was good” to Manchester Metropolis and Inter Milan followers on the Champions League last in Istanbul.

Metropolis followers reported transportation issues to the Ataturk Stadium, on the outskirts of Istanbul, forward of their group’s 1-0 victory over Inter.

There have been additionally complaints a few lack of bathrooms and restricted entry to water on the event last on 10 June.

Soccer Supporters Europe collects fan accounts from Istanbul as a way to put together a report for submission to UEFA.

Ceferin, talking on the European Soccer Supporters Convention in Manchester on Thursday, insisted this yr’s last “proves that UEFA has discovered from the errors of the previous”.

However he added, “We’re effectively conscious that in Istanbul not all the pieces was going effectively, and I definitely do not underestimate the issues that some are going through.

“However allow us to proceed to work collectively to enhance what we are able to enhance. I’m pondering particularly of transport hyperlinks, to raised perceive internet hosting disabled supporters and entry to water and bathrooms for all.

“I can guarantee you that subsequent yr’s Champions League Last at Wembley and Euro 2024 in Germany will probably be a singular expertise for the followers.”

Ceferin additionally referred to the intense issues skilled by Liverpool followers within the 2022 Champions League last towards Actual Madrid in Paris.

The collapse outdoors the Stade de France sparked an unbiased report into the chaos, which discovered UEFA bore “major duty” for what practically grew to become a “mass deadly catastrophe”.

“Given what a few of you’ve got been going by way of recently, I might perceive if I bought a chilly reception,” Ceferin mentioned.

“I additionally got here right here to express regret. We wish to erase the occasions of final yr. Everybody welcomed the choice to maneuver the Champions League last from St Petersburg to Paris and we all know what occurred.

“Good intentions are sometimes not sufficient, we all know that and we remorse it.”

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