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Bayern Munich fans to boycott first five minutes of Arsenal game over steep ticket prices

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Any English football fan will tell you that we're paying too much to see our teams play. Whether you're paying £9 to see your local team in their 200 capacity stadium, or £64 to sit in the top corner of a Premier League stadium, at those prices, no amount of football can justify spending such fees.

Extortionate ticket prices, combined with food and travel, make it often impossible for most fans to go and support the club they love.

Because of this, many fans have become disillusioned with the English game. To an extent, it is no longer about the game or what makes it beautiful - it is all about money. Comfort, though, can be found elsewhere in Europe - most specifically in the German Bundesliga.

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Germany's top division is far from the competition that the Premier League is in terms of competitiveness, but the morals that are imbedded in German football are unparalleled to anywhere else in Europe.

We all know about the atmosphere at places like Borussia Dortmund, but such scenes can be found at almost every German football stadium. The reason that we see incredible support like the Gelbe Wandtfound at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, is that German football is affordable to everyone.

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It's such a big part of their game, in fact, that Bayern Munich fans will be protesting against ticket prices at the Emirates Stadium when they face Arsenal in the Champions League next Tuesday.

According to Sky Sports, Bayern supporters group, FC Bayern Worldwide (FCBWW), will boycott the first five minutes of the high-profile clash over "excessive and impossible" ticket prices around Europe.

The supporters group took to Facebook to show their dedication for the fight against high ticket prices: "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 following 85 minutes we want to show the alternative and show how fundamentally important a lively fan culture is for football. But our action in London is not only directed at ticket prices for a single game."

Travelling Bayern fans will be paying nearly three times what they would for home fixtures when they come to London on October 20.

"We express our support for campaigns like '20's Plenty' from England and 'Kein Zwanni' in Germany. Especially the developments in English football should be a sobering example."

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