With a heightened security situation in France ongoing, Chelsea Football Club has been advised by French authorities that we are to receive a smaller allocation of tickets for our supporters to attend the Champions League game away to Paris Saint-Germain on 16th February compared with our allocation for the similar match during the previous two seasons.
The club will receive 1400 tickets for next month’s game and, although a year ago we received 2100 tickets, the reduced number does compare favourably with other clubs playing Champions League games this season at Parc des Princes. Ajax and Anderlecht were given approximately 800 tickets for their most recent games there. Away supporters at domestic league matches in Paris are not allowed following November’s terrorist attacks.
While we are disappointed that not all our fans who want to go to the game will now be able to attend, we appreciate the Parisien authorities are operating in a heightened security environment.
Chelsea FC met with Paris Police (including their Commissioner), UEFA and our counterparts from PSG and made representations for the proposed ticket allocation to be set at previous levels. The club made our best effort to obtain the full allocation but was advised it would not be possible due to issues that occurred with Chelsea fans in the Paris tube and elsewhere last year, in addition to the ongoing security situation.
The allocation will be sold using the UEFA away ticket and loyalty-point schemes and sale details will be announced when the tickets arrive at the club. Fans who do not obtain a ticket through the club should not travel to Paris as tickets cannot be transferred. In accordance with the procedure for our European away games this season, those who do purchase a ticket for the game will need to pick it up from a collection point in Paris and present their passport as identification in order to do so.
The French police require that a wristband is put on each fan on collection of the ticket and the wristband be worn and presented along with the ticket to gain entry to the stadium on the evening of the game. The collection point will operate on the day of the game only and not on the previous day as well.