UEFA sanctions for racist behavior by CSKA Moscow fans meant their Champions League match in Russia against Bayern Munich must be played behind closed doors.
But “closed doors” doesn’t mean closed roofs. And Bayern fans took advantage.
Not to be left out in the cold to watch their beloved Bavarians at home, about 55 Bayern Munich fans took to the air to watch their favorite team.
Fans of the visiting team rented an apartment at the top of a skyscraper that overlooked Arena Khimki in order to watch the team play, and were rewarded with a 1-0 away win that put Bayern atop Group E with two wins in two.
One of those attending the viewing party was reserve player and older brother of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Tobias, who tweeted “where there’s a will there’s a way:”
Now, the club has taken notice of their dedicated fans.
First, the players heard about the fans. “I only found out after the game that people watched from a high-rise building. Naturally this is sensational and we are very pleased,” said Philipp Lahm. Thomas Muller echoed those sentiments, “The away fans of Bayern Munich always come up with something special.”
Then the club itself took action. According to Sport1, Bayern Munich paid back the fans. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenige said, “The action was made known to us, and my colleague Jan Dreesen [executive board member] has indeed paid the rent for the game today.”
Bayern is known for catering to fans who come to matches, and they have incredibly low season ticket prices compared to those of other top teams in England and elsewhere in Europe.