Fans angered by Europa decision

Fulham and Liverpool faced overland treks to Germany and Spain today with an army of fans resigned to staying behind and accusing UEFA of overlooking their Europa League plight.

"We (fans) are always the forgotten people in this but it's nothing new," said Garreth Cummins, a Liverpool fan and international officer at the Football Supporters Federation.

"I can't remember a single time when UEFA have made a decision and thought about the fans or at least overtly made some consideration to them," he told Reuters.

European soccer's governing body UEFA said yesterday that the Europa League semi-final first legs involving the two English clubs would go ahead despite travel chaos caused by the widespread closure of airports across the continent due to a cloud of volcanic ash.

Fulham said they would be travelling by land for Thursday's match at Hamburg SV.

While Liverpool players were due to take the train to London and on to Paris for an overnight stay before heading to Bordeaux and a flight to Madrid for Thursday's game at Atletico Madrid, their ticket-holding followers were less fortunate.

"I can see UEFA's point that if they were to postpone this game it might be helpful to Liverpool fans perhaps but it would then inconvenience Atletico fans who were due to come over next week (for the second leg)," added Cummins.

"The main problem was they waited until yesterday to announce (the game was on). It just doesn't give us any time to make new travel arrangements or to drive down."

Cummins said Liverpool had been allocated 2,500 tickets for the match and a "significant majority" - between 1,500 and 2,000 - had been sold.

"Everyone I have spoken to has all but given up hope of getting out there," he added. "It certainly won't be four figures. I'd be impressed if even 500 make it out there."

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez expressed concern for the supporters after his team beat Premier League strugglers West Ham United 3-0 at Anfield on Monday night.

"The people working on the travel plans for us have been very good," he told reporters.

"But all the fans, maybe they can't go and that's a pity. We have fantastic fans behind the team when we go away but I'm disappointed they might not be there."

Property
pets
Arts and Entertainment
tvThe C-Word, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Sport
Danny Jones was in the Wales squad for the 2013 World Cup
rugby leagueKeighley Cougars half-back was taken off after just four minutes
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
The original ZX Spectrum was simple to plug into your TV and get playing on
techThirty years on, the ZX Spectrum is back, after a fashion
News
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are breaking up after nearly three years together
peopleFormer couple announce separation in posts on their websites
Sport
football
Life and Style
Google celebrates Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday
techGoogle Doodle to the rescue
Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’
tvThe Enfield Haunting, TV review
News
news
News
The Mattehorn stands reflected in Leisee lake near Sunnegga station on June 30, 2013 near Zermatt, Switzerland
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living