Borussia Dortmund Fans Brawl While Standing in Line For Champions League Tickets
Fans of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund "engaged in fights while standing in queue for Champions League semifinal tickets at several locations," according to BILD. Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke "has admitted mistakes in the way the club handled the ticket sales." He said, "We underestimated the unbelievable demand. It's our fault. We will learn our lessons from this and not offer a free-for-all ticket sale in the future." Dortmund will host Real Madrid on April 24 at 9pm local time (BILD, 4/16). The London TELEGRAPH reported "brawls broke out amongst supporters waiting in queues at separate locations in Dortmund's city centre as the tickets available were snapped up within an hour of going on sale." Police had organized the lines from midnight on Monday after organized gangs "had tried to aggressively jump in, but officers reported fights breaking out in the early hours of Tuesday morning." After some supporters began camping out 36 hours before tickets went on sale, Dortmund President Reinhard Rauball and club icon Norbert Dickel "handed out hot dogs and drinks to the queuing masses" (TELEGRAPH, 4/16).