Bayern Munich fans to protest Arsenal prices at Emirates Stadium
A group of Bayern Munich fans are to boycott the first five minutes of their side's Champions League clash with Arsenal next week out of protest at ticket prices.
Members of the Club Nr. 12 fan group will not take their seats at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday until the fifth minute, having been asked to pay around €100 (£74), including fees and delivery, to see their team in action in London.
By comparison, tickets for home games at Bayern's Allianz Arena are available from just €30 (£22).
A post on the fan group's Facebook page was headlined: "£64 A TICKET, BUT WITHOUT FANS FOOTBALL IS NOT WORTH A PENNY."
The statement read: "We are going to refrain from entering our section of the stadium for the first five minutes of Arsenal vs. Bayern on Oct. 20 in order to raise awareness about the elevated ticket prices.
"The cheapest tickets for this GROUP PHASE GAME cost Bayern fans almost €100 including fees and postage. Such a price structure makes it impossible for young and socially disadvantaged fans to visit the stadium, it destroys fan culture in the mid-term and, with that, the foundations of football.
"This development has already started in England."
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The fans' protest is not only about the price of tickets in England, but all over the continent, citing the ticket prices for the group games against Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb.
"In Piraeus, Bayern fans had to pay €50 for the cheapest tickets, in Zagreb it will be around €40, which does not seem too expensive at first glance, but normal tickets at these clubs cost only a few euros," the statement continued.
"In Zagreb, for example, you could get tickets in the Main Stand for their Champions League qualifier for €4.
"We want to protest against this pricing structure and the changes it makes in the stadium. We want associations and clubs to remember their social responsibilities and warn them against continuing to saw away at this branch which we are all sitting on together.
"The first five minutes of the game in London will be how football will look in future, if this craziness continues: gaping holes in the stands and no atmosphere or emotions among the fans. We then want to show in the subsequent 85 minutes what the alternative is and what it means to have a lively fan culture in football."
Bundesliga matches are renowned for being competitively priced, although in recent years the "Kein Zwanni" protest movement has gained support due to notable increases for domestic games.