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Football fans coordinate brutal bus attack
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Football fans coordinate brutal bus attack

Published: 06 Mar 2012 14:50 GMT+01:00

The bus was returning from Gladbach’s defeat to Nuremberg when it stopped at a service station on the A3 motorway in Rhineland-Palatinate, where some Cologne fans – returning from a draw with Hoffenheim – were also pulled up.

“When we got back on the motorway, a black Opel followed us, the driver was constantly talking on the phone,” the bus driver told Bild newspaper on Monday.

A few kilometres later, two white Mercedes vans manoeuvred in front and behind the bus, while another car drew up alongside. More cars followed. The vehicles forced the bus into another service station, near the town of Siegburg in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Cologne fans armed with baseball bats and metal bars immediately surrounded the bus in the car park.

“Around 30 or 40 people jumped out of the cars, some of them masked,” the bus-driver said. “They smashed the bus’s windows and lights.” A lot of the Gladbach fans took shelter on the floor of the bus, but none were injured.

Paving stones were also thrown at the bus, which contained 38 fans, including women, youths and the elderly, who had paid €32 each for the trip.

The driver, who wants to remain anonymous, managed to escape by driving the bus through a gap in the gang. “I just thought: you have to get out of here with these people,” he told Bild.

Police later stopped a van full of Cologne fans, but arrested no-one. A police spokesman called the incident, which resulted in an estimated €26,000 worth of damage, “a life-endangering attack.”

“We are investigating on charges of property damage, assault and breach of the peace,” he added.

Cologne football club is considering imposing stadium bans on the fans, if they are found. Mönchengladbach player Filip Daems described the hooligans as “total idiots.”

“It getting worse and worse. Where will it end?” he told Bild.

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Your comments about this article

15:23 March 6, 2012 by steve_glienicke
I can tell you where it will end up going Filip Daems if the German football authorities do not get these idiots under control, they will end up doing something serious and german football will face Europe wide ban like that suffered by Englian after Heysal stadium riots, and these planks dont give a hoot about football in the slightest, last week it was reported about nazi salutes to a jewish player, anyone hear of any arrests following that? are they not monitoring the crowds with CCTV like in the uk?
20:27 March 6, 2012 by AZSCOTT
We Americans have nothing over the Germans as far as mindless violence goes.
23:24 March 6, 2012 by wood artist
All this, and they hadn't even been playing each other? Somebody needs to take this mess in hand and...treat them like the children they evidently are.

wa
23:36 March 6, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Warming up for the big one in Poland and Ukraine this summer I fear. Hope these morons get locked up for the summer. Failing that, I am sure there are plenty of similar morons in Polond and Ukraine willing to help mankind by ridding the jean pool of these Darwin award prospects.
07:53 March 7, 2012 by Wrench
Only a moron watches soccer anyway, so it doesn't surprise me.
09:31 March 7, 2012 by design
I like watching soccer but stay away from these fan areas, yea never hear of this in baseball
09:45 March 7, 2012 by steve_glienicke
@design you dont hear of it in most other sports, because football (soccer) is probably the most watched sport worldwide it gives these morons the audience it craves.

like i said, they have no interest in football at all, but the DFB have a responsibility to the sport to rid the game of them before it really gets out of hand and some poor soul gets killed.
10:25 March 7, 2012 by DoubleDTown
none of the 38 bus passengers got the license plate numbers of the attackers' vehicles? any photos of the attackers themselves? doesn't almost everyone have a cell phone with a camera built into it?
00:20 March 9, 2012 by chewstroke
read their comments on chewstroke.com...these guys should be locked up
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