Tuesday October 2 2012
Marotta sad at empty seats

Beppe Marotta expressed his disappointment at empty seats for the Champions League debut at the Juventus Stadium.

Tonight is the first time the arena has hosted a European fixture, but there are whole sections of empty seats against Shakhtar Donetsk and only 30,000 tickets sold.

“In truth, 30,000 paying attendees are a considerable number of people. We have many supporters who live outside the city and it is Tuesday, so that creates problems,” the director general told Sky Sport Italia.

“Perhaps we deserved a different atmosphere, but we know there are many watching at home, just as the passion of those in the stadium will be felt.”

It is particularly surprising considering the Juventus Stadium is regularly sold out for Serie A games, but the tickets for the Champions League fixture were considerably more expensive.

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