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Flight cancellation forced football fan to give away precious ticket...then the plane took off after all

Spencer Evans

A Liverpool fan is pleading for a Champions League final ticket after giving his away because his flight to Kiev was cancelled, only for it to be put back on later.

On Thursday at 3pm, Spencer Evans, from Rhyl, was told his 10.30am flight to Kiev this morning was cancelled.

Widnes-based Worldchoice Sports were initially forced to cancel three flights to the Ukrainian capital because of a mix-up over landing spots.

Having been told the flight was axed, 42-year-old Mr Evans made the painful decision to give away his ticket.

But the flight went ahead after a last-ditch plea from Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson to his counterpart in Kiev, boxing legend Vitali Klitschko, to allow the plane to land.

Mr Evans, a commissioning manager in mental health services, is now travelling to the match without a ticket.

Waiting to board his flight from Liverpool John Lennon Airport the season ticket holder said: “It’s like a film script getting to this game. Our flight has been saved by Vitali Kitchsko and the Mayor of Liverpool. “I got a call at around 9.30pm last night saying the flight was back on. Because I had been told my flight was definitely cancelled I gave my ticket away last night to a young lad that was desperate to go.

“I’m now flying without a ticket so fingers crossed I’ll get something sorted without paying a fortune.”

Mr Evans is now asking anyone going to the final who has a spare ticket to contact him.