Mr Gerhard Aigner
Chemin de la Redoute 54
Following alarming news of the ticket allocations given to both
Manchester United and Bayern Munich for the European Cup Final on May
26th 1999 at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, we really must object in the
strongest possible terms.
Whilst we welcome the increase in the allocation announced today,
from 25,000 to 30,000 to the competing teams, in response to concerns
expressed to UEFA, we still feel that more tickets could and should be
made available if required.
The allocation of 30,000 for each club is very small considering
the capacity at the Nou Camp.
May I draw your attention to recent problems at the game between
Inter Milan and Manchester United on Wednesday 17th March 1999 in
Milan. The ticket allocation given to Manchester United fans for that
game in no way reflected demand and caused massive black market
activity coupled with major safety and security problems at the ground
(see IMUSA report entitled "Manchester United Fans in
Europe" - April 99).
Black market ticket activity and crowd segregation are completely
linked and we must stress our deep concerns for crowd safety and
security if demands for tickets, from the two sets of supporters, are
not reasonably met. It is an unrealistic view just to make statements
that fans without tickets should not travel, for, as we all know from
long experience of following Manchester United in Europe, the fans
WILL travel for this, the biggest game for Manchester United for 31
We are in contact with Bayern Munich supporters groups who are of
the same opinion as ourselves about this matter.
We urge you to act quickly to increase again the allocations to
each club involved, so that many more tickets can be distributed
through the clubs with much less chance of tickets arriving on the
black market and the subsequent problems which WILL ensue.
May I take this opportunity to restate the IMUSA policy that fans
should be included in all the decision making processes for big games
such as this. We are available for consultation and comment, please do
not hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to a speedy reply.
IMUSA Committee Member for European Travel.
cc. David Davies The FA, Ken Merrett Manchester United F.C., Kate
Hoey Home Office, Tony Banks Sports Minister