German fans shun Wembley as tickets returned to FA
Germany football fans have turned their backs on Tuesday’s glamorous Wembley friendly against England with so little interest that the German football federation (DFB) has downgraded its ticket request to less than 1,000.
The interest in the game is in stark contract to the estimated 18,000-20,000 Polish fans who attended the World Cup qualifier last month, many of them expats living in the United Kingdom. The Football Association would have made more than double the tickets available to travelling German supporters had they requested it.
While it is unclear why the Germans have decided not to attend the game, which the FA still expects to sell out, the DFB believe it is because the midweek scheduling makes it more difficult for travel. Germany play Italy in Milan tomorrow and it is expected that their supporters will attend that game in far greater numbers.
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