UEFA said: “Charges against FC Bayern Munchen: Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) of DR.”
Bayern fans walked the talk, and re used the banner from their protest in 2015; credits Getty Images
As I sat in the crowd at The Emirates waiting for the last 16 Champions League tie to re-start, I had sympathy for the travelling Bayern Munich fans who had started to throw tissue and toilet paper onto the pitch.
Arsenal staff attempt to clean up the toilet paper, at least it wasn’t used; credits Getty Images
Despite this being a dead rubber, tickets were still expensive and a friend and his son joined my son and I in catching the German champions on English soil, albeit at a cost.
With the Arsene Wenger protest outside the stadium before the game, it felt at times like this game was now being used to make political points, and of the two protests, the German one made more sense to me.
The crowd though became less tolerant as the tissue paper rained down on the pitch, delaying the game continuously, although Bayern have been here before.
In October 2015, a group of Bayern Munich supporters staged a protest against high ticket prices at Arsenal by boycotting the first five minutes of the two clubs’ Champions League clash.
Fans of the Bundesliga champions organised the protest after learning that the cheapest ticket available to away supporters for the Group F fixture was priced at £64, rising to at least £74 with fees and postage taken into account.
In the week beforehand, the BBC’s annual ‘Price of Football’ study revealed that Arsenal had the highest priced matchday (£97) and season tickets (£2,013) in the Premier League.
By contrast, Bayern offer a season ticket at a price of just £104.
Bradford offer hope
The Valley model can be a template to follow under Rahic; credits Thomas Gadd
Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp, both Germans ironically, bought Bradford City in the summer of 2016 after an extensive search for a club to invest in.
Rahic was the financial director for Bosch before becoming a private investor and has sought to bring a little of the German ticket price model to England.
Season tickets at Valley Parade are capped at £149 wherever you sit in the stadium.
The economics behind the move being, by keeping season ticket prices so low, more fans will attend and Bradford’s attendances are testimony to that.
The extra money in their pocket will see those fans spend the surplus on merchandise, food, beer, shirts and so on.
Saturday’s win over Swindon Town was watched by 17,916 fans, which places them 17th out of the 92 professional clubs from the weekend’s games in terms of attendance.
Rahic has also stated he will reduce ticket prices to only £1, if and when, Bradford make The Premier League.
He reasons the £100m windfall in TV revenue, even if you are relegated, will make the need to charge higher prices unnecessary, so why not give back to the fans?
Such a viewpoint would bring a tear to many a football fan who has had to fork out such significant sums following their team.
Someone pass the tissues.