By Sam Stone

11th May, 2022 | 11:10pm

Rangers' ticket allocation for Europa League final defended by European football chief Aleksander Ceferin

European football chief Aleksander Ceferin has defended Uefa’s “contractual obligation” to give reduced Europa League allocation to Rangers

Rangers received 9,500 tickets for their Europa League final clash with Frankfurt in Sevilla.

The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium has a capacity of 43,000.

However, a large proportion of tickets will go to corporate sponsors and VIPs.

Uefa president Ceferin has defended the ticketing structure, citing “contractual obligations” as the reason for the limited allocations.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Ceferin said: “I explained the same thing to one of the coaches of the two [Champions League finalist] teams a couple of days ago and I can do it here.

“From the revenues from the finals, UEFA gets 6.5 per cent and 93.5 per cent goes to the clubs.”

He added: “Fans of both teams get 20,000 tickets each.

“If sponsors that pay 100 or more million euros sponsorship – of which 93.5 per cent goes to the same clubs – get some tickets, it’s part of a contractual obligation that we have.”

It’s a business

Sadly for Rangers, this was always going to be the case for this final in Sevilla.

It’s a story that emerges every single season when the European show-piece events come around.

Rangers fans aren’t helped by the Stadium in Sevilla being relatively small to be hosting Europa League final and two well-supported clubs reaching the final.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans have made a name for themselves by descending in their masses on the Nou Camp in their quatre-final tie against Barcelona.

Sadly, the reality of modern football is that these competitions are at the mercy of their sponsorship commitments with the competitions surviving and thriving off the back of them.

What is disheartening is seeing tickets being resold for thousands of pounds.

For many Rangers fans, this is their biggest moment following the club and resellers are taking advantage, knowing that people will pay extortionate amounts to watch their side in Sevilla.

Next week could be a historic week for Rangers with two cup finals in the space of four days.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox sensation is going to quit the Gers within weeks with a sell-on clause potentially involved in a deal.