Bayern Munich ultras are outraged by high ticket prices at Viktoria Pilsen
Bayern Munich’s away games in the UEFA Champions League are always something special and different from what we normally see, but Bayern ultras and fans in general have a choice to make with the stadiums on evenings at the outside.
Like most away games, the ultras again protested the price to get a ticket. This time at Doosan Arena, home of Czech side Viktoria Plzeň who just beat Bayern 4-2. Fans were charged €70 per person, or about $68. The ultras were obviously angry at these tariffs and put a sign on the fence so everyone could see what they thought:
Viktoria Pilsen vs Bayern Munich
FC Bayern fans walked out of the guest block for 10 minutes at kick-off to protest over ticket prices in Pilzen and left behind a ‘€70 F*ck You’ stable! pic.twitter.com/uSEMJ6nt9N
— ULTRAS (@photos_ultras) October 12, 2022
It was not the first time that Bayern supporters were outraged by ticket prices in Europe. It all started when Bayern traveled to Paris to face Paris Saint-Germain and had to pay €75 to get into the Parc des Princes. What followed was the so-called “fleece of Anderlecht” in 2017, where traveling Bayern fans had to pay €100 (~$85 then, $96-97 now) for tickets. Similar banners were displayed at Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium in 2015 (£64), Liverpool FC’s Anfield in 2019 (€55) and Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in 2020 (€60).
Bayern ultras have spoken out on matters like these. They argued for a cap on ticket prices (as evidenced by their Banner “Twenty is a lot”), going so far as to call UEFA into a bluff by showing this banner. In a world where football is overrun with billionaires pumping millions into various teams, it’s great that Bayern are continually calling for action against such issues. Such greed cannot go unpunished and, despite all the criticism they receive, Bayern may just be the vigilante football needs.