Tickets for the Europa League final in Amsterdam are already being sold for more than $3,700 (£2,400) on the online ticket marketplace Viagogo, leaving Chelsea supporters further incensed as they struggle to come to terms with Uefa's official allocation for the game against Benfica.
The two clubs have received only 9,800 tickets each for the match at what will be a reduced-capacity 48,000-seat Amsterdam ArenA on 15 May – amounting to only 40% of the gate – with the remainder granted to sponsors, official partners and the Uefa "football family". A proportion of Chelsea's allocation will be offered to club staff, with tickets priced from £39-117, and Uefa has advertised gold and platinum packages for the event at €690 (£580) and €890 respectively on its website.
However Viagogo, whose UK operation is Chelsea's official ticket partner, already has 11 pages of available tickets being sold by third parties, with prices as high as $3,712.70, plus a 15% booking fee and postage, despite a face value of €45-135.
Those prices have caused dismay among Chelsea supporters already riled by the relatively small number of official tickets made available for the final and also facing rapidly soaring transport and accommodation prices.
The London club received 17,500 tickets for the Champions League final last season at the 71,000-seat Allianz Arena, and this year's finalists, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, will receive 25,000 each for the Wembley game this month.
"The allocation is clearly inadequate and I would appeal to Uefa to think about changing this in future," said Tim Rolls from the Chelsea Supporters Trust. "Effectively it would mean less than half of the club's season-ticket holders having the opportunity to attend, and for 40% of those in the stadium to be fans of the two clubs seems ridiculous. It is shocking.
"Viagogo and the people who shamelessly sell tickets on their site, whether they are sponsors or corporate clients, are making major money out of this so it's another example of football being taken away from the everyday fan.
"The prices for some of those tickets on Viagogo at present are obscene, even if it doesn't mean they will end up being sold at that price. It will also affect the atmosphere on the night because even if Chelsea or Benfica fans do buy up some of the 'Uefa family' tickets, they'll be dotted around the stadium."
Tickets are also for sale on eBay from £400 apiece. Chelsea are believed to be unhappy about the situation but feel that there is not much they can do about it at this late stage.
Uefa has promised a review for next year but warns that the problem is likely to be even worse as the final will take place at the 41,000-capacity Juventus Stadium in Turin. The European game's ruling body argues that if it earmarked a larger stadium for the final it may not end up filling it if two smaller clubs were involved and insists there is no practical way to ensure that all the various "stakeholders" are completely satisfied.
Following an outcry from fans before the 2011 Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona at Wembley, Uefa was forced to cut the price of the cheapest tickets from £150 to £60 and increase the numbers available. .
But fans of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will still pay between £60 and £330 for a ticket to this year's final, again being held at Wembley.
In total 59,000 tickets went on sale to the general public, with 25,000 made available for fans of each of the two finalists and 9,000 to neutrals worldwide. The remaining 27,000 tickets have been allocated to the local organising committee, national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to serve the corporate hospitality programme.