Getafe coach unhappy at empty stands

08:44, September 19, 2010      

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Getafe coach Michel Gonzalez on Saturday insisted that his side could not afford to see a repeat of Thursday's Europa League disappointment.

The Spanish team from the south of Madrid, fought back from a goal down to beat Danish side Odense 2-1 on their Europa League debut, but the fact that they did so in front of virtually empty stands was a source of frustration for Michel.

Barely 2,000 supporters turned up to cheer their side on to victory and the game was played in front of a desolate view of virtually empty stands.

"I would have loved it if the ground had been full, but I understand everyone," said the Getafe coach, who last season led his team to sixth place in the BBVA Primera Liga.

"I would prefer our fans to enjoy Getafe's wins in the ground and not in front of the television, but it is not for me to say," he said.

One of the reasons for the poor turnout was the fact that season ticket holders had to pay to see the game and that the cheapest ticket for Thursday's match was 50 Euros (around 65 US dollars).

The coach believes that the club and the fans have to come to a compromise solution to stop it happening again.

"We have to come to an agreement between all parties, because we can't play in front of an empty ground like that again," he said.

However, it remains unclear whether Michel's appeal will have much effect. Club President Angel Torres admitted he was disappointed at the poor turnout, but in Saturday's edition of sports paper Diario AS, he was unrepentant.

"I am the person who establishes the prices. Football is a spectacle and anyone who wants to see it, has to pay to see it," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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