Last season, one of the biggest scandals of Barcelona’s season was the home game against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League quarter-finals. While the hosts were outplayed, and eventually lost 2-3, it was far from the talking point.
All the attention was towards the stands, where nearly 40,000 Frankfurt fans had found abode. Apparently, Barcelona season ticket holders – socis, if you will -, had sold their home tickets for a profit, resulting in a truly bizarre amount of away supporters.
Following that, Barcelona’s board, led by Joan Laporta had, decided to take strict action against re-sellers and publicly warned socis that they would cancel their season ticket if a certain number of games are not attended.
The Camp Nou has seen a lot more attention this season, largely because of Barça’s summer transfer window. However, ahead of the Inter Milan game in the Champions League, the Catalans face ticket ghosts from last season.
A video posted on Twitter shows home tickets on sale, put up by socis. Some of them are single tickets, and some multiple, clubbed together, ranging from €65 to €600.
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Barcelona faced Inter last week at the San Siro, but walked out with their heads hanging as Hakan Calhanoglu’s first-half goal proved to be the difference.
Their poor display continued against Celta Vigo last night even though they were able to shovel a 1-0 win, courtesy of Pedri.
The club’s poor form post-international break could be the reason why suddenly so many home tickets are up for sale. Another reason could simply be to make monetary profit, as Champions League games are in high demand.
However, according to Adrian Sanchez, Barcelona are well aware of what is going on, and are ready to take action immediately.
It is yet to be seen how Laport and co. respond to this, but if their words from last season have any substance to it, it could result in serious actions against the resellers.