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Is it possible to find cheap tickets for the Champions League final 2011?

For those who missed out on tickets for the big match later this month between Manchester United and Barcelona at Wembley during the UEFA ticket lottery (conducted before the finalists were even known back in March), now is a time of much frustration as they try desperately to find cheap tickets for the Champions League final 2011.

Despite the fact that Wembley Stadium holds 86,000 spectators, a mere 11,000 tickets went on general sale through the ballot which was open to fans across the world. In order to be eligible for tickets, all supporters had to do was log onto the UEFA website and register their interest. Winners were notified of their success after the draw was made on 2nd April. However the very notion of selling tickets in this way has received harsh criticism throughout football.

Many claim, rightly in our opinion, that opening the tickets up in such a way to anyone who wants to apply means that the majority of tickets sold through the ballot will likely end up on the black market at hugely inflated prices. Since only two teams can make the final, there will have been countless winners who supported other teams in the competition, or even some who never had any intention of going to Wembley at all, and these are the ones who are likely to try to sell on their tickets for a huge mark up.

The current black market rate for tickets is around £1,500 per ticket, compared to the £150-300 face value (and even that is excessive for 90 minutes of football), which means that countless genuine fans are going to miss out due to the greed of others.

Many sites are claiming to have cheap tickets for the Champions League final 2011, but the truth is that such a thing simply doesn't exist. Unless you've got money to burn or were fortunate enough to be a winner in the ridiculous UEFA ballot, then you're going to have to cross your fingers and hope you can get tickets through either Manchester United or Barcelona's ticket offices - something that simply won't be possible unless you're a season ticket holder with a long history of attending games in Europe and away from home.

It's a sad state of affairs, but it's a fair reflection on the modern game, where money has taken over and greed prospers. Perhaps UEFA will realise the flaws of this lottery system in future years and instead offer more tickets to real supporters and less to UEFA representatives, who are making off like bandits with 25,000 tickets for Wembley.

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