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Football fans defy match ban, end up in fight

The Local · 17 Mar 2012, 12:13

Published: 17 Mar 2012 12:13 GMT+01:00

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Dynamo Dresden fans were banned from their second-league team’s match against Eintracht Frankfurt following previous violence which had already led to one so-called "ghost" match where no fans were admitted.

But around 400 made the trip to Frankfurt on Friday, and managed to get into the stadium, to the consternation of Eintracht CEO Heribert Bruchhagen, who said he thought he had done enough to keep them out.

“I did not expect that," he said. "We tried everything, and stopped advance ticket sales in time. At the end of the day I cannot explain how it came to this.”

Police used truncheons to separate groups of fighting fans after the match, which Eintracht won 3-0. They arrested 14 people, saying some Dynamo fans were found wearing Eintracht colours.

The streets around the stadium leading to the train station were filled with gangs, and police reported that Eintracht fans threw bottles and fireworks at their Dynamo rivals. The windows of a police car were smashed in, and stones thrown at a train in which Dynamo fans were sitting.

Eintracht fans have also been banned from their team’s next away match against Union Berlin on March 26.

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Football-related violence has been in the headlines recently after a group of Cologne fans attacked a bus carrying Mönchengladbach fans home from a match against a different team, forcing it off the motorway into a service station.

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Your comments about this article

17:32 March 17, 2012 by yourkeau
Simple solution: ban football. This game has attracted so much violence, why it is allowed these days?
19:11 March 17, 2012 by bluestratus
I agree. On every radio channel today, football as if we all are interested in a bunch of grown men kicking a bag of wind around a field for 90 minutes. And while we´re at it, we should ban religion too as that only atracts violence too....
20:15 March 17, 2012 by lucksi
Ah, soccer. The ever peaceful gathering of the upper class. But go ahead and consider banning flashmobs because 17 out of 3000 people break the law and vandalize stuff (which are probably the same people from soccer)
10:09 March 18, 2012 by lordkorner
@lucksi Ah, soccer. The ever peaceful gathering of the upper class. But go ahead and consider banning flashmobs because 17 out of 3000 people break the law and vandalize stuff (which are probably the same people from soccer)

Soccer as you call it or Football as it is known (because you kick the ball with your foot and are not allowed to hold the ball in your hand (handled) except for a throw in from the side and of course the goal keeper),was never a game for the upper class. I hear that in the states its considered "upper class " to play "soccer".In England Rugby would be considered the game of the Upper classes.As someone once said Football is a gentle game played by ruffians while Rugby is a Rough game played by Gentlemen.
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