Arsenal fans and Supporters Groups are always complaining about paying the highest prices in Europe to go and watch our team, but it very rare to actually see many organised protests against the club’s policies. Now it seems that the Bayern Munich supporters, who have had to pay £64, which will rise to €100 Euros (£74) with fees and postage, and that is for the cheapest ticket.
It is no surprise that the Germans are shocked as a season ticket costs just £104.48 at Bayern Munich, while the cheapest at Arsenal is TEN TIMES that level. So one of the Bundesliga clubs Supporters Groups is organizing their fans to not make their way to their seats at the Emirates next week until after the first five minutes have passed to show the club what an empty stand would look like if the fans refused to pay these inflated prices.
A statement from the supporters’ group read: “This kind of a price structure makes a stadium visit impossible for younger and socially disadvantaged fans.
“It destroys fan culture, which is the basis of football. In England, this development has already taken place.
“We want to protest at the price structure and at the same time changes in the stadia. We want to remind clubs and associations of their social responsibility and warn them of the effects, which we will all feel, both as fans and club officials.
“We express our support for campaigns like ‘20’s Plenty’ from England and ‘Kein Zwanni’ [No €20] in Germany. Especially the developments in English football should be a sobering example.
“The first five minutes of the game in London will be, what future football will look like if this madness continues. Empty seats in the stands and no singing or emotion in the stands.
“In the following 85 minutes we want to show the alternative and show how fundamentally important a lively fan-culture is for football.”
Should Arsenal fans be joining in this protest, or even organize their own on a more regular basis?