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Barcelona president Laporta acts quickly after Eintracht Frankfurt ticketing mess

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has acted swiftly on the Europa League ticketing farce for defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

After the massive attendance of Eintracht Frankfurt fans at the Camp Nou for the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final on Thursday, Barcelona president Laporta announced that from now on tickets for European matches at the stadium will be nominal.

The Camp Nou was filled with German supporters on Thursday as the Bundesliga side eliminated the Catalans in an impressive showing, and Laporta was left seething by the farce that had unfolded, allowing the visitors to almost have a home advantage twice.

In statements to Television de Cataluna (TV3) and the club's media, the head of the Catalan club gave a breakdown of the attendance figures.

According to figures released by the club, 37,746 fans attended with a season ticket, 34,440 tickets were sold to the general public, 5,000 tickets were sent to Eintracht Frankfurt, as required by UEFA regulations, and 2,425 invitations were reserved for European football's governing body.

"The 34,440 tickets that the club put on sale, which were the ones that season ticket holders didn't take advantage of, were tickets that incorporated the restriction that they could not be bought with German credit cards or from any German IP address," Laporta pointed out.

"Those who bought the tickets sent them to the Germans, this is evidence."

Laporta, unhappy, recalled that these 34,400 tickets were sold at a 50 percent discount for members 24 hours before going on sale to the general public.

The president also explained that among the 37,746 season ticket holders who attended the Camp Nou, it was also detected that a portion of those seats were occupied by German supporters.

"Here there are two irregularities that we want to explain: they refer to the 34,400 tickets in the third tier that were irregularly sold to Germans," Laporta lamented.

"It was not the club that sold them, and then there is a part of the season tickets that, through irregular conduct, ended up in the hands of Germans."


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