Galatasaray’s fans are a devoted bunch.  

Famous for the incredible noise they create inside the Turk Telekom Arena and the Ali Sami Yen before it, the fans are also infamous for the “Welcome to Hell” banners on show when Manchester United arrived in Istanbul in 1993. However they appear to have taken their devotion to new levels.  

The Guardian has reported that some Galatasaray fans were caught outside Schalke’s ground “trying to burrow into their (Schalke’s) stadium using their bare hands”.  The away section at Schalke’s Veltins-Arena for the away leg of the Champions League last 16 game was heavily over-sold and tickets were selling for up to €1000.  So, some of the ticket-less fans took a sub-terrestrial view, took to the ground and attempted to dig through the frozen ground under a perimeter fence.

Horst Heldt, Schalke’s sporting director, confirmed the events saying: "Yes, that's right. Some supporters have tried to dig a tunnel with their bare hands."

Galatasaray progressed through to the Champion's League quarter-finals after defeating Schalke by three goals to two on the night. This gave them a 4-3 aggregate win and means they will be in the hat for this Friday's draw. 

Perhaps the fans that tried to dig their way into the ground last night will this time get their hands on tickets for the quarter-finals. 


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