Borussia Dortmund fans halt game with tennis ball barrage

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Liverpool fans brought ticket prices onto the agenda with their walkout on 77 minutes on Saturday, but Borussia Dortmund fans, much like always, have trumped their English counterparts.

Yes, the Bundesliga terraces have always been known for their raucous crowds and incessant chanting. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing – sorry, hearing – Dortmund's Yellow Wall will know what we mean.

And it seems Dortmund fans know how to protest ticket prices much better than we do as well. Originally, they had planned to stay out of the stadium for the first 20 minutes before the German Cup game against Stuttgart.

The seats were, in fact, empty, but when they took them, things, as Ron Burgundy once famously said, escalated quickly. Just take a look at what happened below:

If the pictures aren't clear enough for you, then you need glasses, but we'll explain it anyway. Fans threw hundreds of tennis balls onto the pitch, grinding the game to halt while players attempted to clear them away.

Here are a couple more images

So why are they doing it?

The travelling fans were left disgusted by the prices that Stuttgart were charging them to attend the game. Standing tickets had been priced at €19.50 while the cheapest seats were €38.50. That, of course, is much cheaper that Premier League fans pay to watch their clubs, but it is well above what Bundesliga fans are used to paying.

The 'Kein Zwanni' campaign, which translates into 'Don't pay more than €20', has been largely present in German football since 2010 and that campaign has been in full force tonight.

Marc Quambusch, a spokesperson for the campaign, told Der Westen: 'We will not go into the standing section for the first 20 minutes,

"This also means: No support! We won't even try to grin and bear it, but rather show that you just can't do this."

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