Star departures leave Monaco fans demanding ticket refunds
Disgruntled Monaco fans are being urged to demand a refund for their season tickets after the club sanctioned the departures of star players James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao.
Despite using the high profile Colombian pair in a key role for the club's marketing following their return to Ligue 1 last season, Rodriguez was sold to Real Madrid for £65 million ($131.4m) after an impressive World Cup campaign while Falcao joined Manchester United on loan in the final hours of the transfer window with a view to a permanent deal.
With Monaco failing to sign obvious replacements, sections of the municipality club's fans were left feeling cheated as one website encouraged fellow supporters to express their unhappiness to the club by requesting a refund on season tickets.
Anger, confusion, frustration
A post on French sports site Planete ASM read: "Supporters, demand a refund for your season ticket.
"Monaco fans are swinging between anger, confusion and frustration. The fans feel betrayed today for having believed the club's promises and having accepted a significant increase in season ticket prices at Stade Louis II.
"There's nothing to indicate the club will accept these demands, but at least they will show our general unhappiness."
As it stands, Monaco - who finished last season as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain - have the second-lowest attendance figures in the French top flight, averaging under half the Stade Louis II's capacity with just 8.906 last season.
Source: Xinhua, The Guardian