Violence ahead of Bundesliga match

A fight broke out at a Frankfurt train station before Saturday's Bundesliga football match between Kaiserslautern and Frankfurt. The home fans threw fireworks at a train filled with Kaiserslautern supporters.

Violence ahead of Bundesliga match
Photo: DPA

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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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.