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‘Scamdinavia’: Man Utd fans protest Danish ticket prices

Manchester United fans will be the latest to protest against spiralling costs to watch live football when they travel to FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday.

'Scamdinavia': Man Utd fans protest Danish ticket prices
United fans will have to pay a pretty penny to see their club take on FC Midtjylland. Photo: Anders Kjærbye/Scanpix
Those travelling to Denmark are being asked to fork out £71 (675 kroner, $101, €91) to watch the match — that's £49 more than Southampton fans paid for their trip to the Danish champions in the Europa League play-off round in August.
 
Some fans have prepared a banner with the phrase: 'Welcome to Scamdinavia' on it.
 
Around 800 United fans are expected to travel to watch their expensively-assembled side play in the 11,800-capacity MCH Arena.
 
“£71 to watch a Europa League game is extortionate,” said Andy Mitten, author and editor of fanzine United We Stand.
 
“The combined cost of all three tickets for Manchester United's Champions League away games was only £75.
 
“Do they think United fans are three times wealthier than Southampton fans? Midtjylland are ripping fans off – their own and the 800 travelling fans.”
 
FC Midtjylland failed to respond to requests for a comment on Tuesday.
 
Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund fans have also recently staged protests against the sky-high cost of watching live football.
 
The protest by Kop fans at their 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland successfully convinced Liverpool to scrap plans to increase the price of their most expensive ticket to £77, instead keeping it at £59.
 
Sunderland have announced that they will reduce season ticket prices next season, following in the footsteps of West Ham who previously said they would do likewise.d

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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