SteveW wrote:Am I the only one who thought the German protest of paying the ticket price like good little sheep and then moaning about it was stupid?
They certainly got a lot of media attention for it as you can see here
. The guys behind the protest are the fan clubs, the type of guys who go to not just all the home and away matches but also a bunch of the reserve matches too. Some people are just obsessed and football clubs are starting to cash in on it. The businessman in you knows full well that the folks in Gangneung missed a trick in not putting the non-member ticket prices up to 200,000 won once you were on 47 clubs. And protesting about this, that and everything with banners is part of the fan culture in Germany. Every week the fan clubs make a banner that either demands the manager be sacked, supports immigrants and gays or wishes Fritz and his cruciate ligament Gute Besserung
The problem of ticket prices is more of a British one than a German one anyway. The Bayern fans only have to pay up once or twice a year. There's a real worry in Germany that the Premiership is outmuscling the Bundesliga financially in terms of player salaries, though until the English teams go all Evergrander and start dominating the Champions League the complaints about that will remain muted. The wider problem, as many people have already mentioned, is that market forces in the UK are depriving people of their culture. Millions of ordinary people have grown up supporting clubs like Arsenal, just like their parents and grandparents before them. They're reluctant to give up that attachment because those are the rules in their sub-culture, and they live in a world that has less and less for them to align their identity with. Football will always be free somewhere, but building up that sense of belonging can take generations.
The K3 related point that I was trying to make with the photo, and might have been missed, is that there actually is something to be said for no fans, free football. No queues, sit where you like, drink beer, no need to be body frisked or accompanied by the police to the train station. In Korea it's actually a relief to get away from the crowds and have some peace and quiet.