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Chelsea fans ignored as Stuttgart return tickets.

Chelsea's European Cup Winners' Cup final opponents, VfB Stuttgart, have returned 11,000 of the 12,000 tickets offered to them.

But none of the tickets for the match in Stockholm have been made directly available to the fans of Gianluca Vialli's side.

Chelsea have already been allotted their own allocation of 12,000 tickets for the match at a 34,000-capacity stadium on May 13.

Stuttgart were entitled to the same number of seats but have taken up only 1,000 of them, so the remainder have been returned to the Swedish Football Association, who as hosts had already received a batch of 6,000 seats.

With many Chelsea supporters angered by the club's decision to distribute their allocated tickets only to those buying an expensive aln package including hotel and travel at this stage, the move by UEFA may boost the trade of ticket touts.

Many Chelsea fans have already bought tickets on the black market in Sweden as they have lost patience waiting for club chairman Ken Bates to release any left-over tickets to season-ticket holders.

Inter Milan and Brazilian star Ronaldo was given a two-match suspension by the Italian League yesterday for criticising the referee who officiated in his club's controversial Serie A 1-0 loss to Juventus in Turin on Sunday.

Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldo was fined by the League earlier this season for criticising referees.

The disciplinary committee's rulings came two days after some questionable refereeing in a match which left Juventus with a four-point lead over Inter with three games remaining.

In a pivotal 60 seconds in the second half referee Piero Ceccarini awarded no penalty for a foul on Ronaldo and then, with action continuing, awarded a penalty to Juve's Alessandro Del Piero at the other end. In the row that followed Ceccarini dismissed Inter Milan coach Luigi Simoni.
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