Man City fans are told to 'get to the ground early' ahead of Champions League final
Manchester City fans partied into the early hours ahead of tonight's big Champions League final against Inter and have been urged by UEFA to 'get to the ground early'.
Twenty thousand tickets have been sold to City for the match and a similar number have gone to the Italian opposition with the rest of the 72,000 seater stadium made up of locals, ballot winners and delegations.
But what will add to the headache of City fans as they sober up is the 'nightmare' journey to the ground outskirts of the sprawling city of Istanbul which is a good 25 miles from the centre where City fans have gathered.
UEFA are keen to avoid a repeat of the chaotic scenes that marred last season's showcase final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Paris - where kick off was held up for 37 minutes.
At the time UEFA shamelessly blamed Liverpool fans but in reality it transpired legitimate ticket holders had been funnelled down dangerously cramped bottlenecks - and they were teargassed for their trouble.
Officials later apologised and took the blame for the scenes and as a result have urged fans to 'get to the ground early' for the 10pm local time kick off.