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Disgruntled football fans protest price hikes

AFP/The Local · 10 Oct 2010, 18:07

Published: 10 Oct 2010 18:07 GMT+02:00

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The event was attended by supporters' groups from more than fifty clubs in the first, second and third divisions of Germany's Bundesliga with a rally held in front of Berlin's City Hall.

The fans gripes are against rising ticket prices, fan unfriendly kick-off times and heavy-handed action by the police.

"People must understand that this comes back on the fans and it kills the atmosphere in the stadiums," said spokesman Wilko Zicht.

Speakers denounced the commercialisation policies of both the German Football Federation (DFB) and the German league (DFL). There was a heavy police presence throughout, but the demonstration passed off without incident.

The Bundesliga remains the cheapest major league in Europe: an average price for a ticket last season was €20.79 compared to €43 in England's Premier League and €40 for a Spanish league match.

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The league, however, is booming, turning a profit of around €1.7 billion in 2009 compromising mainly of match-day revenue (€424 million), sponsorship receipts (€573 million) and broadcast income (€594 million).

Fans are concerned ticket prices are slowly creeping up and the introduction of a Saturday evening game for television in the German league - where matches traditionally start at 3:30 pm on a Saturday - have proved unpopular here.

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18:51 October 10, 2010 by majura
"People must understand that this comes back on the fans and it kills the atmosphere in the stadiums," said spokesman Wilko Zicht.

Errr, how hard is it to yell and be drunk? How hard is it to yell and be drunk on a Saturday night?

As an anonymous infamous baby once said: "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!"
19:35 October 10, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Best demonstration is to boycott the football games. Bums on seats or lack of them is the only thing the DFB will take notice of when it comes to making decisions. Somehow though, I reckon they have done their market research and have good reason to think the market can support the price hikes.
11:27 October 11, 2010 by twisted
People who attend professional sporting events are suckers. Football/soccer or other "professional sporting" events are not longer sports but pure business. The players demand higher salaries and who pays...the fans aka suckers. Stay home, watch it on TV and see how fast prices drop. And stay out of the shops that sell the team junk...another rip off.
14:35 October 11, 2010 by elboertjie
True, professional sports are pure business.

It has turned from a sport to an entertainment business. At around EUR 20 per game plus a bit more for travel and beers, why not invest all that money in a good home entertainment system. This way, the fans can get together, see all the replay action, here commentary (if they so wish) and have lots of drinks from the kitchen.
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