Over 2000 Real Madrid fans have returned their tickets for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.
Logistical difficulties and the costs involved in travelling to Kiev is the reason for so many fans backing out.
A total of 24,268 Madrid season-ticket holders entered the ballot to secure one of the 12,802 tickets made available for the club for the final, after Los Blancos beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-final.
However, an estimated 2,200 fans have since returned their allocated tickets, citing logistical issues as their reasoning.
Madrid fans have to travel 1,783 miles to get to Ukraine if they can get their hands on a plane ticket, with some costing in excess of £1,000.
While supporters looking to drive from Spain can expect a 34-hour journey through France, Germany, and Poland to reach Ukraine.
As things stand, it is feasible that Real Madrid will not utilise their Uefa allocated match ticket quota.
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Liverpool could face a similar issue.
A Thomas Cook Sport statement read: “At the request of Liverpool Football Club, Thomas Cook Sport worked to secure additional aircraft for the Champions League Final in Kiev.
“Despite the significant challenges involved as a result of the limited availability of aircraft at this time, and the increasingly urgent need for a solution, this objective was met.
“Unfortunately, but also unavoidably, the aircraft was secured at a higher cost, which is reflected in the higher price for supporters.”
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