Tuesday 30 May 2017

Bayern Munich fans unveil quality banner protesting over ticket prices at Arsenal

Empty seats in the stand as Bayern Munich fans protest against ticket prices prior the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Munchen at Emirates Stadium on October 20, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Empty seats in the stand as Bayern Munich fans protest against ticket prices prior the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Munchen at Emirates Stadium on October 20, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich fans leave protest banners in the stands at the price of their tickets as they boycott the first five minutes of the game, during the UEFA Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Callum Davis

A protest by Bayern Munich fans over the price of Emirates tickets for away supporters has been applauded by football fans: both inside and out of the ground.

A Bayern Munich supporters group had called on fellow fans to boycott the first five minutes of their team's Champions League clash at the Emirates in protest of the rising cost of attending football matches.

True to their word, a large proportion of the away support were absent from the stand for the opening minutes of the half, with just a banner in a position reading: 'Without fans, football is not worth a penny.'

The action comes just five days after the BBC's Price of Football survey revealed that Arsenal is the most expensive team in the country to follow, with the highest single ticket price costing £97.




“This kind of a price structure makes a stadium visit impossible for younger and socially disadvantaged fans,” said a Bayern fans’ spokesman.

The Emirates was also marked out as the most costly ground to attend an away fan, with a single ticket costing up to £64.

As Bayern fans filtered into their seats after the five minute protest had ended, home fans from around the Emirates applauded the German supporter's cause.

Arsenal fans recently demanded action over the rising cost of ticket prices at the club's AGM. The board were asked whether, in the light of the new broadcast deal and unprecedented levels of income, the club can commit to freezing or even reducing ticket prices in the period until 2019.

Despite remaining the most expensive team to support in the Premier League, the Arsenal board have defended the cost of tickets by pointing out they have frozen prices on six occasions in the last ten years since the move from Highbury to the Emirates.

Arsenal's own protest group, The Black Scarf Movement, staged similar action against extorionate ticket prices in April of this year.

Telegraph.co.uk

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