Arsenal offered free tickets, German side a barbecue...

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Arsenal offered supporters free tickets when they were thrashed by Manchester United 8-2 last season. They may be interested to learn how another side have reacted to a similar mauling.

Reeling from their 8-2 beating at Old Trafford last season, Arsenal were a humilated club. They knew it, and sought to recompense the away fans who had traveled up to Manchester to witness the horror show.

"Sunday's result was obviously disappointing for everyone connected with the club. Our travelling fans were magnificent throughout and we want to recognise their fantastic support. We will be writing to them shortly with the details." - The club commented after the game.

They ended up offering free tickets to the supporters who made the 400-mile round trip, and the gesture of goodwill was no doubt appreciated by those who had spent their hard earned money.

So perhaps there will be some sympathy with fans of Hamburg, who saw their side absolutely battered by Bayern Munich at the weekend, losing 9-2.

Hamburg themselves have made steps to apologise to their fans, but free tickets are not part of the bargain.

Instead they are offering.... a barbecue.

German newspaper Bild reports that after the game at home to Fortuna Dusseldorf later this month, a free barbecue will be offered to supporters.

The twist is that the free food will be entirely paid for by the players. If you ask us, it's a great way of giving something back to the fans. Not only do they get a nice warm meal into the bargain, but they know the players who performed so embarrassingly will be hit in the pocket.

With an average attendance of 52,000 home supporters, it could just be the biggest barbecue the town of Hamburg has ever seen...

Which is the best way of making up for defeat? Free tickets or a large barbecue?


image: © Nick Sarebi

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