NEWS
12/14/2011 03:31 EST | Updated 02/13/2012 05:12 EST

German club sells tickets for 'ghost game' with no fans following stadium ban for rioting

ROSTOCK, Germany - German club Hansa Rostock is selling tickets to its game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday — even though the fans won't be allowed in.

Rostock said Wednesday it had sold over 2,400 "ghost tickets" for a game that will be played behind closed doors because of a stadium ban following rioting a home game in November.

The second division club is urging fans to buy tickets, which range from €5 ($6.50) to €19.65 ($26), to show solidarity for the club. Limited edition T-shirts commemorating the "ghost game" are also on sale.

Stones were thrown at opposition fans after the 3-1 home defeat by St. Pauli on Nov. 19, when police vehicles were also targeted in rioting that left eight police and two civilians injured.

During the game, Hansa fans shot fireworks into the visiting fans' block, leading to a 10-minute holdup.

Rostock chairman Bernd Hofmann said Hansa appreciated "the willingness of our loyal fans who want to assist their club at this difficult time."

"We want to limit the financial damage to the club," Rostock manager Stefan Beinlich told 11 Freunde magazine. "And we want to bring the fans on board."

Rostock is bottom of Germany's second division with only one win.