Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt has confirmed that some Galatasaray fans were so desperate to watch their side’s Champions League game on Tuesday, that they attempted to dig a tunnel into the ground with their bare hands.
The Turkish giants easily sold out their ticket allocation after the recent big-name signings of Didier Drogba and Wesley Schneider gave them a real hope of reaching the last eight for the first time since 2001.
Tickets up to €1,000
Tickets were changing hands for up to €1,000 just moments before kick-off but one group of fans had a cheaper idea to see the game.
They tried to burrow through the frozen ground under a perimeter fence using just their bare hands in order to gain entry into the ground.
According to the Guardian, Horst Heldt spoke to reporters before the game started saying, “Yes, that’s right. Some supporters have tried to dig a tunnel with their bare hands.”
Unfortunately they were interrupted by the stadium officials and were moved on. Hopefully they found a nice warm bar to watch as the Turkish side won 3-2 in Gelsenkirchen to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate.
Galatasaray have become the surprise package in this year’s Champions League and join Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Malaga, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in tomorrow’s quarter final draw.