Football is not phone sex, point out Schalke fans

Football ticket prices – there’s a hot topic if ever there one. Getting your hands on a ticket to a big match is a pretty expensive to do.

Football is not phone sex, point out Schalke fans

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Andy

March 30th, 2012

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It’s a particularly big deal at Schalke at the moment, with fans not too happy at being asked to stump up €90 to see their team in a UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg against Athletic Bilbao. Yes, that’s €90 – €1 per minute – plus booking fee – for the UEFA Cup.

So outraged were Schalke fans (remember, this is Germany, where you can get into a Bundesliga match for little more than a tenner), that they liked the experience to spending time talking to a lady about all manner of family un-friendly things via a premium rate telephone line.

“Entry € 90 = 1 Euro per minute? Football is not phone sex!” read the banner, unfurled at the Veltin’s Arena.

Bilbao slapped the same price on the 2,000 tickets that they sold to Manchester United in the previous round – forcing United to make an official complaint to UEFA.

For some perspective, tickets for the standing section behind the goal at Schalke can be had for just €15 (about £12.50), whilst seat prices start at a respectable €30 (about £25) and €50 (£41). Pricing structures like that, which are replicated throughout the league thanks to collective agreements between the clubs, make the Bundesliga the cheapest of Europe’s “big leagues”.

La Liga on the other hand, is the most expensive. Tickets in Spain are basically priced at what clubs feel they can get away with, and huge disparities exist depending on the opposition. Four-fold increases for the top teams are not uncommon, especially for big games involving big teams. Real Madrid were asking for between €60-€220 for their Champions League second leg with CSKA Moscow a few weeks back – this in a country with more than five million on the dole.

So congratulations to Schalke fans for pulling this off. If we were wearing a cap, we’d doth it to them.

 

 

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