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Ticket prices have exploded ahead of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund's Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid and Barcelona next week.

Internet platforms are charging up to €3,000 per ticket leaving fans of the two Bundesliga sides upset, while on eBay tickets are being offered for between €300 and €500, with sellers trying to work around the legal aspects of the deal. Some sellers offer envelopes and add tickets for the match as a bonus.

A turbulent ticket pre-sale for Dortmund's game against Real earlier this week led to police intervention when ticket scalpers sent their own people to try to jump the queues. All 66,829 tickets sold within minutes and soon after the sale had ended ticket prices rocketed on the internet.

On Viagogo ticket prices have passed the €3,000 mark. A spokesperson for the site told local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten: "We offer a service for the fans of Borussia Dortmund. The way I see it, there are only two options to get hold of a ticket for the semi-final now: Either you are a very good friend of Hans-Joachim Watzke (the Dortmund CEO) or you buy at Viagogo."

Tickets for Bayern's home leg against Barcelona next Tuesday were also sold for between €800 to €1000 on eBay leading German football magazine kicker to comment: "When shameless commercial thinking leads to uncontrollable excess then this is a bad foul against the real, honest, loyal fans. Football is theirs! And not ruthless businessmen's who are only interested in the profit. "It is time to bother. And it is time to act."

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