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Germany fined for firework-flinging fans

The Local · 15 Jun 2012, 07:15

Published: 15 Jun 2012 07:15 GMT+02:00

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"UEFA today confirms that it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the German Football Association (DFB) following last night's UEFA Euro 2012 Group B match between Germany and the Netherlands in Kharkiv (Ukraine).

"The DFB is charged with the setting-off of fireworks and the throwing of missiles by supporters. The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Monday 18 June," European football's governing body said on its website.

UEFA separately announced earlier that it had fined the DFB €10,000 after missiles were thrown onto the pitch during the country's opening match with Portugal.

Portugal was fined €5,000 for a delayed kick-off to the second-half of the Group B match in Lviv, Ukraine, last Saturday. Germany won the match 1-0.

The fine imposed on the DFB is a fraction of the €120,000 imposed on Russia after its fans lit and threw fireworks during the game with the Czech Republic last Friday.

Potentially inflammatory "Russian Empire" flags were also spotted at the match in Wroclaw, southwest Poland, which Russia won 4-1. Russian fans were blamed for an attack that left four volunteer stadium stewards requiring hospital treatment.

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UEFA threatened to deduct six points from Russia's next European championship qualifying campaign if there were any repeat of the crowd trouble.


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11:14 June 15, 2012 by reichefraufinden
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12:09 June 15, 2012 by lucksi
A 10000 € fine. Boy, that'll learn the fans.
15:23 June 15, 2012 by raandy
Fining the Countries will have little to no effect on the disruptive fans.

If the offending fan's team were to forfeit the game, that may change a lot of rowdy behavior. Not an option,however. thankfully so.
16:06 June 15, 2012 by reallybigdog
Unfortunately it appears to be a failure with security which failed to properly spot check all the fans entering the stadium. Disney by example checks everyone who enters its parks looking into women's purses as well as inspecting bags and strollers.

Any forfeit of games would be unacceptable as the real issue is proper security and strong language to indicate possible of criminal charges for anyone found guilty of possession of such devises and further supported by clearly advertising the consequences of such actions within the facilities and on the tickets themselves for starters.
15:14 July 18, 2012 by coffeelover
Central and South America, especially European soccer fans are out of control. It is supposed to be a game played competitively between teams for our entertainment. Rabid soccer fans have allowed outcome of matches to supplant everything else in their personal lives to the point of belligerent, violent behavior inflamed by crowd psychology, justified by emotions distorted from being out-of-touch with reality. It is just a game, not end of the world.

Soccer should be banned for 2 years until people cool down and realize the whole world sees their bad behavior at games, and automatically deduce the entire nation acts like what they see on TV, or internet.
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