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Borussia Dortmund Fans Plan Boycott of German Cup Match vs. Stuttgart

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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2016

A section of Borussia Dortmund's fans will reportedly boycott part of the club's German Cup fixture against Stuttgart on Tuesday evening in reaction to inflated ticket prices for the match.

German outlet DW Sports reported 25 per cent of tickets for the away fixture cost fans more than €70 (£54), and a group known as the "Kein Zwanni" will boycott the opening 20 minutes of the clash in response.  

Dortmund's fans are regarded as some of the best in Europe.
Dortmund's fans are regarded as some of the best in Europe.Martin Meissner/Associated Press/Associated Press

According to the DW Sports report, 10,000 Borussia Dortmund fans will make the trip to the Mercedes-Benz Arena to support their side, a journey of roughly 418 kilometres for the travelling party.

Stuttgart released a statement via their official Facebook page in response to the reported boycott, and DW Sports provided an English translation of their reasoning behind the ticket pricing:

Official prices for the German Cup fixture against Borussia Dortmund correspond exactly with the ticket prices for the Bundesliga fixture against Dortmund earlier this season. Prices were communicated to Borussia Dortmund before being put on sale and are unchanged for this competition since the 2012/13 season.

The report also noted that tickets to see Borussia Dortmund play at their home stadium, Signal Iduna Park, cost between €7 (£5.40) and €54 (£42), a significantly less sum than travelling to watch Stuttgart this week.

Those sums wouldn't appear to match up with Stuttgart's claims their figures fall in line with what was charged at Signal Iduna Park for the two teams' Bundesliga clash in November, when Dortmund won 4-1.

The Black and Yellows missed their chance to close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday after drawing 0-0 at Hertha Berlin, while Stuttgart have won their last four on the trot.

Dortmund's fans will hope their side make the trip worthwhile by beating Stuttgart and making it to the DFB-Pokal semi-finals, with defeat only promising to leave their fans even further out of pocket.

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