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Violence ahead of Bundesliga match

The Local · 5 Mar 2011, 16:06

Published: 05 Mar 2011 16:06 GMT+01:00

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The emergency brake was pulled on a train containing 900 football fans just before it entered the station near Frankfurt's Commerzbank-Arena. The Frankfurt fans then attacked the train, while further fights broke out between the station and the stadium.

Fans of both clubs threw bottles at one another, while the police said they surrounded and kettled some 100 Frankfurt fans to try to stem the violence.

The police had several hundred officers at the scene who attempted to guide the two sets of fans to the stadium separately. A police spokesman said that fights of this scale were unusual.

The train was heavily damaged, with several windows smashed, and the line between Mainz and Frankfurt had to be suspended for 90 minutes.

The so-called "Ultras" had already made their presence felt in the morning in the Frankfurt inner city, where around 400 hooligans threw fireworks at policemen and passers-by.

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Your comments about this article

19:45 March 5, 2011 by Frenemy
What happened to the days when the "firms" sorted stuff out amongst themselves (out of public view)?!
20:56 March 5, 2011 by wood artist
Somebody watching too much coverage of Libya?
10:04 March 6, 2011 by ColoSlim
I really hate the platz in front of the train station it is really nasty even on calm days. And they ought to direct trains from K-town directly to the stadium.
13:49 March 6, 2011 by michael4096
Not very german. What we need are more integration courses
16:20 March 6, 2011 by nparry
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00:15 March 7, 2011 by swingCrew
its were professional sports in the states is headed, it gets worse every year, could be cool/fun though, like the spirit of the colesium. The modern sports venue, one might just as well speak of violence; what else are you going to speak about when your a Yankee stadium staring a 10 foot sqaure nut (for a 10 foot square screw).
17:20 March 7, 2011 by wenddiver
Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) is the fastest growing sport in the World. Nobody ever lost a fight and said lets step outside and settle this ith Soccer. Make the fight the sporting event and we can have a longer fight by using the time we were going to jump around like ninnies tapping a ball with our feet. Lets get the UFC on TV as quickly as possible, so men don't have to fight in public.
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