Bayern Munich fans have now turned their attention to Champions League pricing
11 November ~ At Sunday’s derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, there were swathes of empty seats in the away end. In Germany, the home team must reserve ten per cent of tickets for away fans – 8,000 in Dortmund’s case – but the police demanded Schalke fans could only have 4,000. In the end a compromise of 6,500, plus travel restrictions, pleased nobody, with many Schalke fans refusing to turn up. Borussia Mönchengladbach fans also took part in a similar protest at Cologne, while Dortmund supporters boycotted their match at Hoffenheim after a price hike, which resulted in an apology and change in policy at the latter.
Bayern Munich fans, meanwhile, have turned their attention to forcing the introduction of fair mutual pricing at UEFA club competitions. Uli Hesse, who wrote Tor! The story of German football, has written a column for ESPN examining why German fans’ protests are having an impact.