Atletico Madrid will have to resume the hunt for Barcelona without the help of their fans at the weekend. At least for the Getafe away on Sunday at the Coliseum, the club has been told to “expect no more than a hundred diehards.”
This is not a protest against the performance of Simeone’s players, but rather over the high cost of the ticket: 50 Euros, judged by the Atletico faithful to be an excessive price. Getafe are not new to such price hikes. In late October, when Barcelona came to the Coliseum, the cost of tickets were doubled.
On the topic expensive tickets , last week, during the game against Sunderland, Liverpool fans staged a unique protest to highlight their opposition to the club’s decision to raise prices. Dortmund supporters did a similar action, briefly stopping their DFB Pokal match against Stuttgart. This kind of activism is part of a growing movement that is seeing fans take back control over the game they love.