Fans Bemoan Flight, Hotel Hitches Ahead Of Champions League Final


Football fans travelling to Kiev, Ukraine for the Champions League final showdown between Liverpool and Real Madrid have complained about problems with flights and hotels.

Some fans travelling from the United Kingdom, according to reports, have had their flights cancelled due to the heavy influx into Kiev. World Choice Sports had to cancel three flights on Thursday, leaving hundreds of Liverpool fans stranded.

"We have had Liverpool football club, police, UEFA and everyone at the highest levels of authority trying to resolve this," the company said in a statement.

"We have exhausted all avenues to try and get landing slots."

Davy Ryan and Mikey O'Leary, both Liverpool fans from Ireland, said they spent 800 euros ($940) and 1,100 euros ($1,290), respectively, on travel.

They said they had booked a hotel in Kiev, only to be canceled later by the owner who hiked the price.

"They had a stupid excuse, like they had no electricity for the weekend," Ryan said. "Once they canceled it, we went back online and the price was up to, like, 6,000 euros ($7,000)."

However, they found another place to stay for 240 euros ($280) for four nights.

Some hotels in Kiev are advertising three-star rooms online for as much as $2,000 for a night .

According to Spanish media reports, some Real Madrid fans were refunded their tickets after being discouraged by rising accommodation price in Kiev.


Ashaolu Oluwafemi

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