• Germany's news in English

Shit hits the fans at Bundesliga match

The Local · 16 Aug 2011, 14:05

Published: 16 Aug 2011 14:05 GMT+02:00

A TSG 1899 Hoffenheim worker faces disciplinary procedures after admitting on Monday he had set up loudspeakers in the visitors’ stands and activated them whenever they had started to chant offensive slogans against his football club’s president Dietmar Hopp.

Media reports over the weekend included puzzled references to a shrill, deafening noise which would blast out across the Borussia Dortmund fan block whenever they started chanting anti-Hopp abuse.

Now a Hoffenheim employee has admitted setting up sirens in the visitors’ stands, and activating them whenever they started shouting. He said he did not appreciate how loud they would be, and claimed he had meant it to be a joke.

The police have now become involved after an official complaint of bodily harm from a Borussia fan who said he suffered earache after the match.

Schalke 04 fans meanwhile might have chosen a howling siren given the choice – at their team’s match against 1 FC Köln over the weekend, some were showered with faeces and urine by the opposition.

The police confirmed on Tuesday that at least one person in the Köln fan block had been seen ‘placing’ faeces into a plastic beer glass and then throwing it at his rivals. The solid organic missile was followed by at least two urine-filled plastic beer glasses.

Story continues below…

“We as a club obviously distance ourselves from these people,” said a spokesman for 1 FC Köln fans. “This behaviour is not acceptable. There cannot be two opinions on this.”

DPA/The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

15:39 August 16, 2011 by TFGumby
Love the headline!
15:40 August 16, 2011 by expatriarch
Awww, Come on people! It's a friggin' game. A game; a meaningless game! Besides the pansy players constantly throwing themselves down to fake an injury every time a slight breeze goes by, the fans are the most repulsive thing about football. Does FIFA not care that football stands look like an ape-house on a good day, and could be far more lucrative and respectable if it were even slightly civilized.
16:04 August 16, 2011 by heathen
Stay classy, soccer fans!
16:35 August 16, 2011 by wood artist
Careful there, @expatriarch. I think the apes might find that offensive.

17:38 August 16, 2011 by El Jeffo
Dear The Local Editor,

"Loudspeaker" is one word. Otherwise it's just a loud speaker.


El Jeffo
20:11 August 16, 2011 by DinhoPilot
That takes the german expression "I poop on you" to a new level.

23:25 August 16, 2011 by BR549
Wow. Professional journalism here. "The Local" has policies on expletives used by those commenting and delete inappropriate "verbage", but it is OK to use them in their own headlines. Double standards and a low degree of professionalism.
23:52 August 16, 2011 by farmon
The local has hit an all new low in reporting. A complete disgrace to Germany.
02:13 August 17, 2011 by zeddriver

I disagree. It happened and it was reported. How is that low for a news site?

I think the German football fans have hit a new low. For a people to be so emotionally involved in a game that some thought it a good idea to crap in a cup and bring it to a game to throw it at another person is just beyond compare. It is a complete disgrace.

Being new to Germany. I was actually looking forward to going to a football game. But as I would like to watch a game instead of looking over my shoulder awaiting an attack. I think it wise not to go. And watch baseball on sky tv.
04:32 August 17, 2011 by vonSchwerin
Best "The Local" headline ever.

But prosecuting that TSG 1899 Hoffenheim worker? Doesn't the Staatsanwalt have something better to do?
06:04 August 17, 2011 by rfwilson
Interesting that if any of us tried to reply by quoting the headline to this story, the Censorbot would reject it.

Something of a double standard, hmm???
07:34 August 17, 2011 by poppet
I reckon the Local thought of the headline and then set up the fans so they could use 'their' headline.
20:27 August 18, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
@rfwilson: "Something of a double standard, hmm??? "

Totally! Great point.
15:00 August 23, 2011 by George Palmer
Fooball fans must be mentally ill. I mean no sane person would pay to be surrounded by low life and showered with excrement and expletives. And just to watch a bunch of overpaid prima donnas kicking a bag of air around. To each and all of the sad creatures I say-get a life.
Today's headlines
Second wolf found dead in southern Germany
The dead wolf found in Baden Württemberg. Photo: DPA

Second wolf found dead in southern Germany

12 hours ago

A wolf has been found dead near a motorway in Baden-Württemberg - the second time in recent months one of the rare predators has been found dead in the southern state.

Alternative Advent calendar puts fitness first
The 24-day series kicks off on December 1st. Image: promo

Alternative Advent calendar puts fitness first

13 hours ago

Worried about staying slim this festive season? It might be time to ditch the chocolate calendar and open up YouTube - because a pair of German fitness coaches have come up with the perfect route to a "guilt-free" Christmas.

Storms and borders stem refugee flow to Germany
Refugees arrive in Germany in the snow. Photo: DPA

Storms and borders stem refugee flow to Germany

14 hours ago

The number of refugees arriving in Germany has fallen off sharply in the past few days, with police reporting half the number of new arrivals this weekend compared with last.

Bavarian conservatives want national burqa ban
A woman in a burqa in Munich's Odeonplatz. Photo: DPA

Bavarian conservatives want national burqa ban

15 hours ago

The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), ruling party in Bavaria, want to pass a new law making it illegal for anyone to wear a burqa in Germany.

COP 21 climate conference
We owe our children a climate deal: Merkel
Environmental activists demonstrate in Frankfurt on Sunday. Photo: DPA

We owe our children a climate deal: Merkel

15 hours ago

World leaders gathered in Paris for the COP 21 climate conference must find an "ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding" way to stop global warming, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Supermarket Christmas ad is surprise downer
Screenshot of Edeka commercial.

Supermarket Christmas ad is surprise downer

18 hours ago

An ad by German supermarket chain Edeka makes an emotional plea to viewers to remember what's most important during the holidays: family. But did it make the message just a touch too dark?

Hamburg voters throw out Olympic bid plan
Anti-Olympics graffiti on the ground outside a Hamburg U-Bahn station. Photo: DPA

Hamburg voters throw out Olympic bid plan

19 hours ago

Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics fell at the first hurdle on Sunday when residents voted 'No' in a crunch referendum as the German public again torpedoed plans to host a Games.

Snow and storms usher in first day of winter
Photo: DPA

Snow and storms usher in first day of winter

19 hours ago

A cold front has reached the centre of Germany, casting a spell of cold over the north of the country, while the south remains warm.

Merkel pins refugee crisis hopes on Turkey
Chancellor Angela Merkel (l) speaks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (m) and French President Francois Hollande (r). Photo: DPA

Merkel pins refugee crisis hopes on Turkey

21 hours ago

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders agreed a joint action plan to limit the number of refugees arriving in Europe via Turkey at a Brussels summit on Sunday.

Police intervene in Berlin refugee home brawls
Soldiers setting up beds in the hangars at the former Tempelhof airport in October. Photo: DPA

Police intervene in Berlin refugee home brawls

21 hours ago

Clashes broke out Sunday between hundreds of asylum seekers at a shelter in Berlin, in the second mass brawl to erupt over the weekend in Germany's crowded migrant accommodations.

Germany's 10 most-expensive cities
Sponsored Article
How to figure out healthcare abroad
German ISS astronaut tells kids to follow their dreams
Sponsored Article
Why family companies need free trade and TTIP
90 percent of Germans want tougher security
Sponsored Article
'Innovative companies like Hövding benefit most from TTIP'
Are you living in Germany's most expensive city?
Sponsored Article
The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Should singer accused of homophobia represent Germany at Eurovision?
70 years since the Nuremberg Trials
The German connection in the Paris attacks
Snow expected on 'first weekend of winter'
10 years of Angela Merkel in Berlin
Could soldiers soon be patrolling German streets?
Second German Paris victim was teacher and journalist
'We can't beat Isis with military means'
How will Germany help France fight Isis?
One German confirmed dead in Paris attacks
'Don't take Paris out on refugees': German defence minister
Germany's minute of silence for Paris victims
Nightclub bans refugees for harassing women
OPINION: Refugees must learn to respect German values
The ancient German community at the heart of Texas
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd