Travelling Bayern Munich fans littered Anderlecht’s pitch with fake money in protest at Uefa Champions League ticket prices.
The cost of a ticket for the German Bundesliga club’s match up against the Belgian First Division A team was set at €100 (£89/$118) for the game at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
Matchday tickets usually cost Bayern supporters around €50.
A banner was held up by fans in the stands, which read: “Is your greed now finally satisfied… 100€?”
Bayern Munich fans have made clear their displeasure with the prices they're having to pay.
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In the first half of the Champions League game, fans launched hundreds of fake notes onto the pitch, which in turn postponed play. Officials were forced to clear the bundles of notes off the field.
Money being thrown on the field during Champions League match between Anderlecht and Bayern Munich pic.twitter.com/wLF2EX5wLB
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In a statement accompanying the protests, Bayern’s independent fan body, Club #12, said that “many Bayern fans, several ultra groups among them, opted to not make the trip to Brussels” despite the German side subsidising tickets to reduce prices for travelling fans to €70.
The statement added: “This can’t be a long-term solution. Protests are sadly the only option to inform the bosses in their ivory tower at Uefa that salaries for Uefa officials are not representative for the earning capacities of the average football fan.”
Club #12 said the ticket prices reached “a new dimension for a group-stage match, even in the generally high-priced Champions League.”
Club #12 argued that Anderlecht supporters could only buy tickets for the match as part of a package deal including all three group-stage games this season against Bayern, Celtic and Paris Saint-Germain for a total price of €141.
Previously, supporters of the German giants have expressed their anger with the price of football across Europe.
In one of its matches against Arsenal last season, away fans threw toilet paper onto the Emirates Stadium pitch, and held up a banner, which read: “Without fans, football is not worth a penny.”