Hamburg football derby leaves 26 hurt

AFP
AFP - [email protected] • 20 Sep, 2010 Updated Mon 20 Sep 2010 14:11 CEST
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Police detained 55 people and placed 13 under arrest on Sunday after a Bundesliga derby in northern Germany turned violent, injuring 26 people, including eight police officers, the authorities said Monday.

Police had to repeatedly use water cannon to separate battling supporters during the St. Pauli's home match against bitter Hamburg rivals HSV, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Thousands of police officers were sent to maintain security during the traditionally tense match between "working class" St. Pauli and "posh" HSV.

It was the first derby clash for eight years, following St. Pauli's promotion at the end of last season, while Hamburg is the only German club never to have been relegated from the Bundesliga since its creation in 1963.

In the Ruhr valley derby, Schalke 04 were beaten 3-1 at home by Dortmund but local police said no incidents were reported.

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