Ticketless fans warned by Uefa
26 January 2009 10:08
Football supporters planning to arrive in Moscow without a ticket to watch the Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea have been told not to bother making the effort by Uefa.
Those that do have a ticket have been told that this can be used as a 72 hour visa to come into Russia by former president Vladimir Putin.
But those that are without a ticket for the first all English Champions League final have been warned by football's European governing body to spare themselves the hassle of getting to Moscow.
Uefa head of communications William Gaillard has said: "I would tell the fans 'be reasonable, stay put' because otherwise you are going to have to pay for a full visa.
"It will be complicated to get it in most cases as you will have no proof of hotel reservations - and, of course, no ticket. It's going to be expensive."
Those that are travelling to Moscow are encouraged to take out travel insurance in case of any injury or damage on the trip.
It will be hoped that no trouble will be caused during or after the match, as was the case when England travelled to Croatia in 2006.