Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has announced a change in the club’s ticket policy following numerous incidents of fans trying to get into Camp Nou without tickets.
The “camp nou” is a stadium in Barcelona, Spain. The “camp nou” has been the site of many sporting events and concerts. On Tuesday, the president of FC Barcelona announced that they would be changing their ticket policy after Frankfurt fans flooded the stadium during their first leg match.
After about 30,000 Eintracht Frankfurt supporters got admission to Camp Nou for Thursday’s Europa League game, Barcelona president Joan Laporta said the club will revise its ticket policy for European games.
Barca gave Frankfurt 5,000 tickets for the game, but many more bought seats in the home end to see their club beat Barca 3-2 and go to the competition’s quarterfinals.
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The events in the stands made Laporta “ashamed,” and he assured that the club was already working to ensure that it would not happen again.
On Friday, Laporta told Barca’s website, “We feel incredibly horrible, it was humiliating.” “I am outraged and humiliated by the picture portrayed, since it should never have occurred.”
“The club is not responsible for the circumstances that resulted in the tickets falling into the hands of German supporters.” We do, however, embrace the responsibility that we bear.
“We do not want this to happen again at Barca, and we will take action: the steps that I can declare right now — and that will be implemented for all international tournaments — is that tickets will no longer be transferable.”
“We never intended to do that since it would be inconvenient for people who obey the rules. But there is nothing we can do to prevent what occurred in Frankfurt from happening again.”
In front of their supporters, Eintracht Frankfurt players celebrate their Europa League victory against Barcelona at Camp Nou on Thursday. courtesy of Getty Images
Laporta stated that the club did everything possible to prevent away fans from obtaining tickets, including barring German IP addresses and credit and debit card purchases made via the online ticket office.
On Thursday, just under 80,000 people packed into Camp Nou. Around 38,000 people were season ticket holders, 5,000 were in the Frankfurt section, and another 34,440 had purchased tickets for the game elsewhere.
Laporta complained, “We assert that the 34,440 tickets that were on sale were prohibited to sale outside of Germany.” “The club did not sell tickets to German supporters; those who purchased them obviously sold them to German fans.”
Barca launched an appeal to season ticket holders who were unable to attend matches only two weeks ago to return their tickets in order to support the club in two ways: financially via resale and by boosting the atmosphere at Camp Nou.
However, costs for Frankfurt’s visit soared to between €150 and €300 in the week preceding up to the game, with many local fans telling ESPN they were priced out of going.
The opening ten minutes of the second half were boycotted by Barcelona’s ultras, who occupied the stand behind one of the goals, in protest at so many Frankfurt fans obtaining access to the home end.
Vice president Elena Fort told Cadena Ser on Friday that Barca gained roughly €3 million in ticket sales from the match, but that the profit had “left a terrible taste.”
After the game, Barca coach Xavi Hernandez was enraged, claiming that the atmosphere “did not help” and that he and his players deserved an explanation from the club about what had transpired.
The Barca players were “shocked” by what they witnessed when they walked out to warm up, according to a source close to the dressing room, with hundreds of Frankfurt supporters jeering them and creating a hostile scene in their own stadium.
Despite the security hazards of fans mingling, the game went over without a hitch, but Barca did apologize to fans who they claimed had been subjected to “anti-social behavior” by the visitors.
“The club regrets the stressful situation created by certain German supporters’ inappropriate behavior and wants to offer its support to all those Barca fans who have been scared by the anti-social behavior,” the statement said.