Chelsea are FINALLY able to sell match tickets again, as they release details for their FA Cup semi-final and clash with Real Madrid… but tell fans they CAN’T subsidise coach travel or offer hospitality packages under sanctions
- Chelsea had initially been banned from selling tickets to all of their matches
- Government then amended the licence they are currently operating under
- Blues have now revealed details for ticketing procedures for upcoming games
Chelsea have released detailed information to fans who are allowed to buy tickets again after the government amended the club’s licence.
When Roman Abramovich was sanctioned for his ties to Vladimir Putin, his assets including Chelsea were frozen and the club is now in the process of being sold.
Part of the restricted conditions they were operating under meant they were unable to sell tickets but their amended licence frees up fans to buy tickets to away games.
Only season ticket holders can attend matches at Stamford Bridge but the club shared information over upcoming away fixtures.
For the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid on April 6, a message on the official website read: ‘Ticket sales will start from 10am tomorrow (Wednesday 30 March) to season ticket holders. Tickets will then go on sale to members on a loyalty-point basis.
‘Hospitality season ticket holders will be able to buy a ticket only in a hospitality area for this game, but not a package.
‘Light refreshments can be purchased on the day. They will be contacted by their account manager later today.’
Chelsea are playing in the FA Cup semi-final and Champions League quarter final next month
Chelsea fans are able to buy tickets to cup games and away Premier League matches
Chelsea fans had previously been banned from buying any tickets under the club’s licence
The standard practice of allowing season ticket holders to buy tickets first will still apply for the Southampton clash at St Mary’s on April 9, before members are then given the chance to buy.
The club announced that fans will have to pay the full fee for coach travel as the government licence does not allow them to subsidise fan travel.
On April 12, Chelsea play Real in the second leg of the Champions League and the instructions were: ‘We are expecting to receive 1,800 tickets which will be sold on a loyalty point basis.
‘This allocation is reduced due to security reasons while the stadium is redeveloped.
‘There will be no ticket collection point in Madrid. Tickets will likely need to be collected from Stamford Bridge, full details will follow in due course.’
The Blues will be cheered on by supporters for their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley
For the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace at Wembley on April 17, season ticket holders will come first before members are allowed to buy based on a loyalty points basis.
Under the amended government licence any monies from away matches will go to the hosts, while revenue generated from FA Cup and Champions League sales will go to the Premier League to distribute to the competition organiser.
Chelsea are not permitted to sell tickets for home Premier League matches, although away fans will be able to buy them with money again going to the top flight.