Officials investigate more football violence

The German Football Association (DFB) said Wednesday it will investigate Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg following the violent incidents which followed a 1-0 German Cup defeat at home to Greuther Fürth.

Officials investigate more football violence
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Nuremberg, 15th in the league, were eliminated from the competition by Greuther Fuerth – a high-flying second division team which is also a close neighbour – on Tuesday.

According to police more than a hundred Nuremberg fans invaded the pitch at the final whistle in a bid to reach the opposing team’s fans. Security officials were forced to use truncheons and tear gas in a bid to separate them.

It comes less than two months after second division Dresden were banned from the 2012-13 edition of the German Cup after their fans prompted violent incidents during a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

German police, referees and football officials have publicly spoken out in recent months about what they say is the worrying trend of increasing fan violence.

In October referees held public protests to confront what they said were increasingly dangerous working conditions. Berlin’s football association paused all games for five minutes on one day that month in order to raise awareness about violence against referees.

And in the spring this year, police said hooliganism by football fans was reaching new highs.

They said they were being forced to develop new strategies to deal with the problem.


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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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