Liverpool fans fear empty Champions League final seats as Paris flight scrapped

Hordes of Liverpool fans hoping to make it to Paris to see their club take on Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League tonight have been left stranded in Liverpool.

Fans turned up to Liverpool John Lennon Airport hoping to get on a flight at 4am this morning (Saturday, May 28).

But the flight arranged by World Choice Sports had reportedly been cancelled.

Costing £650 per fan, the flight was going to get to Paris a few hours later, returning on Sunday.

According to the Liverpool Echo, warning bells started to sound shortly before fans got to the airport when they were told via text message that the flight had changed slightly – but didn't say why.

Steve Cook, 56, said: “We got a text through to say the flight time had changed so we just presumed it had been delayed a bit.

“When we got there it was cancelled.

“I think there was supposed to be two other flights going after but with three flights worth of people it's difficult to say how many people would have managed to get on.

“There was a rep for World Choice Sports there but nobody was giving him any trouble or anything like that.

“Everybody was angry but everyone behaved themselves under the circumstances.

“It's not on though – they can't be relied on.”

“I had a ticket (for the game) but God knows how many people are going to be left looking for one.

“There are people desperate for these things.

“We're going to have empty seats in the stadium as a result of this and that's simply not on.”

World Choice Sports has been contacted by the Daily Star for comment and an explanation as to why the flight was cancelled without warning.

On their social media pages, the company apologised to customers saying: "Dear Valued Customer.

"If your flight has been cancelled, please accept our apologies.

"Fortunately, this only affected a small number of passengers. This was due to matters beyond our control.

"Rest assured, that we will be refunding you in full during the next coming days. We were very badly let down by the broker and the airline.

"Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused."

Tonight's game kicks off at 8pm, and an open-top bus parade of Liverpool will take place tomorrow (Sunday, May 29), regardless of the result due to Liverpool already winning the League and FA cups this season.

More than one billion people are expected to tune into the final worldwide across all platforms.

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