Barcelona president Joan Laporta ’embarrassed and ashamed’ as 30,000 Eintracht Frankfurt fans flood Camp Nou

The German side had only received 5,000 tickets for the clash, but up to six times that number saw their side produce a huge upset, winning 3-2 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate to stage a semi -final against West. Ham.

While Barca expected huge support at the stadium, ESPN reported that there were almost 30,000 Eintracht fans among the 79,468 spectators.

“Frankly, what happened today makes me feel embarrassed and ashamed. There were a lot of fans of the other team and not many of ours,” Laporta told Barca TV.

“I’m really sorry for what happened.

“What we can avoid are certain situations but from now on we will have to be much stricter. We cannot let these situations happen.

Coach Xavi Hernandez called the situation a “miscalculation” and said it was not helping his side, which suffered their first defeat in 16 matches in all competitions.

“I tried to tell the players that the important thing is what happens on the pitch, but logically it could have affected us. It’s very clear,” Xavi told a press conference.

“We tried to focus on the game and we weren’t good. It has nothing to do with one thing and the other. This is no excuse,” he added.

“It didn’t help us, but on the pitch we weren’t good and we didn’t compete.”

Additional Reuters reporting.


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