Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Ticket price protests all over

FA Cup- Fourth Round Replay
West Ham 2-1 Liverpool
(Antonio 45', Ogbonna 120+1')-(Coutinho 48')

DfB Pokal- Quarterfinals
Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Werder Bremen
(Chicharito PK 22')-(Garcia 31', Pizarro PK 42', Grillitsch 82')

VfB Stuttgart 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
(Rupp 21')-(Reus 5', Aubameyang 31', Mkhitaryan 89')

Coupe de France- Round of 16
Granville 1-0 Bourg-Peronnas
(Untereiner 97')

Sochaux 2-1 AS Monaco
(Martin 19', Sacko 54')-(Bakayoko 38')

St. Malo 1-2 GFC Ajaccio
(Creach 33')-(Mayi 61', Boutaib 71')

The debate over Premier League ticket prices is heating up. Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has joined the fight for the fans as they seek to stop the ever rising cost of attending matches. He was part of the 77th minute walkout during Saturday's match against Sunderland. In his manifesto, he calls for a freeze on all Premier League ticket prices, saying it would do wonders for the game.

The protests over high prices has even spread into Germany where Borussia Dortmund fans threw tennis balls on the pitch during their 3-1 cup win at Stuttgart. VfB Stuttgart charged the travelling supporters €70 each to see the match.

And from the "Get Off My Lawn!" Department, Football Supporters' Federation Chairman Malcolm Clarke says that increased ticket prices will lead to "tourist fans" with their  "half and half scarves and taking selfies."

Meanwhile, I wrote about the phenomenon of why ticket prices are on the rise throughout England over at Last Word on Sports. Essentially, football clubs are businesses that need to make money. As long as there are fans willing to pay to see the matches, why should prices drop? There's only one way to send a message to the clubs with extreme costs of admission, and it isn't through fan walkouts or throwing tennis balls.

On a different front, UEFA and the European Club Association are meeting to discuss possible changes to the Champions League. The idea of a "Super League featuring the largest clubs in Europe has been suggested by some, but it is being downplayed here. A more realistic change could be a 20 team competition between the top clubs in England, Germany, Spain, Italy, and France, but that might even be too radical for this council to adopt.

Fears over the Zika virus are starting to spread into soccer. Facing fears of the disease and it's effects on future children, USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo is considering skipping out on the Olympics. One day hoping to have a child with her husband, Solo does not want to risk having an unhealthy baby due to one soccer tournament in Brazil.

Today's Matches
FA Cup- Fourth Round Replay
Peterborough United v. West Bromwich Albion- 2:45pm- FS1

Copa del Rey- Semifinals Second Leg
Valencia v. Barcelona- 3pm

DfB Pokal- Quarterfinals
Heidenheimer SB v. Hertha Berlin- 1pm- ESPN3
Vfl Bochum v. Bayern Munich- 2:30pm ESPN3

Coupe de France- Round of 16
Bordeaux v. Nantes- 1pm
Troyes v. St. Etienne- 1pm
US Sarre-Union v. Lorient- 1pm
Paris-St. Germain v. Lyon- 3:05pm

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