Dortmund’s tennis ball ticket protest

A DFB Pokal match between BVB Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart was delayed after fans pelted tennis balls on to the pitch in a protest against ticket prices.

Dortmund’s away fans at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart made their feelings clear, showing their anger at rising ticket prices and also boycotting the first 20 minutes of the match, which their team went on to win 3-1.

The protest action comes just days after Liverpool fans staged a 77th minute walk out against Sunderland for the same reason.

Dortmund fan Marc Quambusch told the BBC: “Obviously it’s not something we want to do, but we feel we have to do it.

“We don’t feel very good about not supporting the team for the first 20 minutes, but it has to be.

“It’s always good to see fans protesting against bad conditions and, yes, they have our solidarity.

“I hope it is inspiring other fans to join them and to protest as well. I love English football but it is killing itself.”

As a result of their initial boycott, travelling fans missed out on Marco Reus’ opening goal in the fifth minute.

Quambusch also explained that the reason they chose to use tennis balls was a play on the expression ‘good tennis’, which is used to describe something that is being done correctly.

“It was an idea to make it clear that enough is enough,” Quambusch added.