Liverpool embroiled in angry row with UEFA over Champions League final protocol

Liverpool's players have embroiled themselves in an angry row with UEFA over their Champions League final protocol ahead of Saturday night's match.

The Reds face Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris as they bid to win the Champions League for the seventh time in their history. However, Marca report that the club's players have been angered by a change to UEFA's protocol regarding family and friends ahead of the match.

Players from the winning team will not be allowed to bring their family and friends onto the pitch to celebrate lifting the trophy at full-time in Paris.

Liverpool's players were able to bring their loved ones onto the pitch in Madrid in 2019 after they beat Tottenham Hotspur to win their sixth European crown.

However, UEFA have ruled out similar scenes this year, with "security concerns" cited as a reason for the decision. The new measures are said to have left the Liverpool players feeling upset and angry.

The report also states that tensions were already growing within the Liverpool camp due to UEFA capping their allocation for friends and family in order to allow more fans to attend the match.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had already voiced his opposition to the ticket allocation given to the club's supporters for the final.

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Less than a quarter of the seats at the 81,000-seater Stade de France have been allocated to fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Speaking to the press ahead of the match, Klopp argued: "When you see the ticket prices and the amount of tickets you get… is it right?

"Is it right we only get 20,000 [tickets], Real get 20,000 and there's 75,000 in? That makes 35,000. What?? Where are these tickets [going]?"

Despite the small allocation of tickets, Liverpool fans have flocked to the French capital in their numbers for the club's third Champions League final in five seasons.

Amongst them were a group of fans displaying a personalised flag that has been ridiculed online, with some joking that the club should be banned from the Champions League as a result of the banner.

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