Dortmund fans protest at ticket prices

Dortmund fans and banner

A banner in the Dortmund end says ‘fussball muss bezahlbar sein’, which translates as ‘football must be affordable’

Borussia Dortmund fans boycotted the first 20 minutes of their 3-1 German Cup quarter-final win at Stuttgart in a protest against ticket prices.

A quarter of away tickets for the game cost 70 euros (£55), with the cheapest seats priced at 38.50 euros (£30) and standing tickets at 19.50 euros (£15).

Away fans also threw tennis balls on to the pitch to briefly disrupt the game.

On Saturday, Liverpool fans staged a walk-out during their home game against Sunderland in protest at ticket prices.

Dortmund took the lead in Tuesday’s game through Marco Reus’ fifth-minute strike but the in-form home side – on a four-match Bundesliga winning streak – drew level in the 21st minute thanks to a Lukas Rupp effort.

However, goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – his 20th of the season – and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured Dortmund’s progress.

The game was stopped briefly in the 24th minute to clear tennis balls off the pitch

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