The Europa League has been very entertaining at times this season, but it is still an overpriced consolation tournament. And so Valencia have decided to give season ticket holders free entry to the second leg of their Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid in an effort to ensure they have a full stadium as they trail 4-2 (thanks in part to the lovely Falcao goal above) after the first leg.
"It is an absolute necessity that there is an extraordinary atmosphere at the Mestalla that helps push the side towards the achievable aim of a place in the final in Bucharest," the 2004 UEFA Cup winners said in a statement on Friday.
Valencia fans, who will be reimbursed if they have already purchased a ticket, have whistled their team and under-fire coach Unai Emery after some inconsistent results in recent weeks.
Yes, when clubs are giving away free tickets (and reimbursing those who already bought them) to the second leg of a semifinal when they're only down by two goals, it might be a sign that the competition needs revamping. Again.