Barcelona tightens the leash on tickets restrictions after Eintracht debacle

Barcelona tightens the leash on tickets restrictions after Eintracht debacle

Barcelona tightens the leash on tickets restrictions after Eintracht debacle
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On Saturday, April 16th, Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed that tickets for European games at the Camp Nou will be non-transferable.

This comes following Barcelona’s humiliating defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League at the Camp Nou on 15 April, in which the Blaugrana were outplayed by the energetic German side, who pounded three goals past the home side.

Barcelona were looking for a good showing from the crowd in their home stadium during their rebuilding season under talismanic Xavi, but were surprised to see a sea of white shirts.

Despite Barcelona limiting the away presence to just 5000 tickets, the Spanish media reported that 30,000 away fans were present in the stadium.

Many season ticket holders were also said to have sold their seats to away supporters in the hopes of making fast cash.

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On Saturday, Laporta clarified the situation, stating unequivocally that Barcelona did not sell tickets to away fans and that it was apparent that those who purchased home tickets sold them to Frankfurt fans.

“We do not want this to happen again at Barca, and we will take action,” the president added.

“Among the steps that I can reveal and that we have adopted is that tickets for the foreign competition will be non-transferable.”

“The club is not responsible for anybody breaching the rules; we took all the precautions we could to prevent it,” Laporta continued.

Barcelona has been knocked out of Europe yet again, this time in a capitulation – a recurring theme for the club in the last five European seasons.

Barcelona are still a long way from winning LaLiga and may have to settle for a minor trophy this season.

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