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Borussia Dortmund fans set to boycott Bundesliga game because of ‘absurd’ decision

The Bundesliga team had the highest average attendance in Europe last season

It takes a lot to stop Borussia Dortmind fans supporting their team.

The Bundesliga side had the highest average attendance in Europe last season, selling out nearly every one of the 81,000 seats at the Westfalenstadion every other week.

However, their crown as Europe’s best-supported team is at risk this season with news that fans are planning to boycott their upcoming game against Augsburg.

Borussia Dortmund fan groups have called for boycott of Augsburg clash

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The Yellow Wall is one of the greatest sights in football

Dortmund fans are planning to stay clear of their February 26 fixture because it is being played on a Monday night.

The match is due to kick-off at 8:30pm local time and the many fans have criticised the ‘absurd’ scheduling — which has come about due to Dortmund’s participation in the Europa League.

The club’s ultras are calling on fellow supporters to boycott the contest.

A statement read: “We will no longer play along to the absurd development of kick-off times.

“We’ve reached a point where we’ve ultimately gone beyond what’s acceptable.

“Several groups and fan clubs who’ve been at every BVB home match at the Westfalenstadion will not attend the Monday night game.

Borussia Dortmund fans oppose to games being played on Monday night

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Borussia Dortmund fans oppose to games being played on Monday night

“This decision is in no way directed against the team. We just can’t and don’t want to accept Bundesliga matches on a Monday.”

Premier League fans are used to games on a Monday night but such games are not common place in Germany.

Bundesliga chiefs confirmed in the summer of 2016 that five of the 2017-18 matches would be moved for a Monday to help the country’s Europa League contenders.

And Dortmund dropped into it after finishing behind Spurs and Real Madrid in their Champions League group.

Should they follow through with their threat against Augsburg, there will be a giant hole the famous 25,000-strong Yellow Wall — which would be a great shame.


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