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Violence after Hamburg derby is cancelled

The Local · 6 Feb 2011, 12:48

Published: 06 Feb 2011 12:48 GMT+01:00

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Up to 200 hooligans threw bottles and fireworks at police called to deal with the fight, and a police car was smashed up. One person was arrested and 45 people taken into custody.

Following the cancellation of the match after persistent rain, fans of both clubs gathered in various bars before converging on a St. Pauli fan bar. The attacks were reportedly started by Hamburger SV fans.

After the police initially diffused the situation, small bands of supporters of both teams then allegedly roamed the St. Pauli district.

The police had been expecting violence ahead of the derby. Police and stadium workers had already discovered fireworks attached to seats in the stands of Hamburg's Imtech Arena in the past few days.

Last September, the teams faced each other in the league for the first time in eight years. Fights between fans broke out ahead of the game.

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19:15 February 6, 2011 by wood artist
Football fans are always a class act.

21:02 February 6, 2011 by Joshontour
Ban football in Germany until the fans can agree not to riot anymore.
09:05 February 7, 2011 by catjones
Egyptians fight in the street for freedom and football nuts fight for.....?
16:22 February 7, 2011 by Gaffers
I love the comments sometimes. So enlightened. Whilst not condoning the behaviour of these people why lump all football fans in with these idiots? The vast majority of football fans are that. When you have a large crowd you will always have a minority who infiltrate for their own purposes. "Up to 200 hooligans..." In a crowd of 40,000 it is just 0.5%. It is like saying all students in England are thugs because of the recent riots. I know let's close Universities until students learn to behave !

In Germany there is violence at Ice Hockey too (I couldn't believe they needed a police presence at the games. Unheard of in UK). A bit of common sense tells you that the violence is nothing to do with the sport just thugs using it as a vehicle for their own purposes. Football is the sport of the masses and so naturally these thugs are drawn towards it.
15:31 February 8, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Question: How did the fireworks get attached to the seats? Guess some of the workers are not as safety conscious as the arena owners believe they are. Maybe some firings (no pun intended) should take place.

Hey, at least their teams will get to play each other. My Bundesliga team lost a crucial game, but I didn't go on a rampage, because it would have destroyed my house.
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