Berlin - Borussia Dortmund fans called 'foul' on away ticket
prices for their team's German Cup quarter-final at Stuttgart by hurling dozens
of yellow and red balls onto the pitch.
Dortmund fans took exception after Stuttgart raised ticket
prices at the Mercedes Benz Arena for Tuesday night's game as Borussia booked
their place in the last four with a 3-1 win over their hosts.
After boycotting the first 20 rows of the away section,
Dortmund fans then threw the brightly-coloured balls onto the pitch midway
through the first-half which Borussia players, led by captain Mats Hummels, had
to pick up as the game was briefly halted.
"Football must be affordable!" read one banner in
the away section as the cheapest ticket for Tuesday's match was 38.50 euros,
plus booking fee, while the most expensive were more than 70 euros.
"We wanted to try and put a good face on the matter,
but at the same time show that it was not on," said Marc Quambusch, the
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The fans carried out the protest with Dortmund's blessing.
"It's the case that VfB Stuttgart raised the prices for
tickets by 25 percent, with prices around 70 euros," said Dortmund's press
officer Sascha Fligge in the pre-match press conference.
"The fans are very critical of this and we support
Stuttgart said they had put prices up for away fans after
Dortmund had done exactly the same thing for a Bundesliga match between the
clubs at Borussia's Signal Iduna Stadium.
Ticket prices are an issue in England's Premier League after
10,000 fans walked out of Liverpool's 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland last
Saturday over the 77 ($112, 99 euros) it will cost for the most expensive match
ticket at Anfield next season.
Prices remain reasonable in Germany's top flight where
tickets range from 16.70 to 78.20 euros for a home Bundesliga match at Borussia
Dortmund, while Bayern Munich charge from 15 up to 70 euros for home league
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