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German club sells 72,000 tickets, no fans

German third-tier soccer club Dynamo Dresden has said it sold more than 72,000 tickets for a game played in an empty stadium with no fans.

The former East German champions offered supporters the “ghost tickets” – named for the German habit of dubbing empty-stadium matches “ghost games” – for five euros ($A8) as a way to raise funds for the club during the coronavirus pandemic.

The total of 72,112 tickets sold for Tuesday’s German Cup game against Darmstadt is more than double the capacity of Dresden’s Rudolf Harbig stadium.

Only two matches in the club’s history, both away games, had more people in attendance, Dresden said.

Dresden lost the game 3-0 to tier-two Darmstadt.

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