Manchester City fan representatives ‘City Matters’ have hit out at both the club and UEFA over silence regarding the failings at the 2023 UEFA Champions League final.
The event in Istanbul at the end of the 2022/23 season saw Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City players claim their first-ever UEFA Champions League crown at the second time of asking in the final of the illustrious competition.
A single goal from Rodrigo at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Turkey meant Manchester City completed a historic Treble of silverware only ever previously achieved by city rivals Manchester United in 1999.
However, while a night in Istanbul will likely go down as the most memorable in the club’s history, many supporters have been left with difficult memories from their experiences in Istanbul due to consistent failings by event organisers.
City Xtra provided an in-depth run-down into the failings in Istanbul that we understand to have been presented to UEFA by fan representatives as part of a report into the experiences by Manchester City supporters in Turkey.
Now, as part of a wide-ranging statement providing an update to Manchester City supporters regarding the issues faced by travelling fans at the 2023 UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul, City Matters highlighted their disappointment at a lack of public comment.
That concerns a lack of public acceptance or acknowledgment from either Manchester City Football Club themselves or UEFA with regards to the ongoing investigation and enquiry into the failings in Turkey last summer.
As part of a closing message within their statement, City Matters wrote, “We are extremely disappointed that both UEFA and Manchester City have declined to make public comment. Supporters invest a great deal of time, money and effort for Manchester City and competitions that UEFA organise; we deeply regret that on this occasion, they are not willing to return the favour.”
At the end of the ongoing 2023/24 season, UEFA will hold their annual Champions League final at the national stadium in London, with Wembley playing host to the most high-profile European football match in a calendar year.
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