After pyro battle: tarnished unity joy over victory
Eintracht Frankfurt achieved a historic success in Marseille. But the jubilation about it is muted in view of the hateful atmosphere in the stands.
The players and those responsible could really be happy Eintracht Frankfurt not about the first Champions League victory in the club's history.
The 1:0 of the Hessian Bundesliga soccer club Olympique Marseille faded into the background given the depressing circumstances on the stands of the Stade Velodrome.
"We have never experienced such a day in this form and did not think it possible in this way. There may not be any real joy because it is very strange the level of aggressiveness and hatred we faced and of course the reactions hit," said board member Philip Reschke about the incidents in which a Eintracht fan was seriously injured on Tuesday evening. Reschke announced: "We have to clean up the piece by piece."
Consequences of the Pyro Battle
Reschke was not yet able to assess the consequences of the pyro battle between the two fan camps for Eintracht, who is playing on probation. After the European Football Union had suspended the ban on spectators for a game in an international club competition, which was imposed because of the pitch storm in the Europa League semi-final against West Ham United, the Frankfurt team was allowed to leave in view of the extent of the riots in Marseilles hardly hope for leniency from UEFA.
The only open question is whether Eintracht will be punished with a ghost game at the next home game against Tottenham Hotspur on October 4th or whether they will have to forego the support of their supporters abroad. "If I fear punishment, it's more for an away game. But I can't rule out that the probation for the home game will be affected by history," said Reschke.
glazier: "zero understanding"
Coach Oliver Glasner condemned the incidents in the strongest possible terms. "It just doesn't work. A few chaotic people abuse the football stage to act out violence and aggression. We all have zero understanding for that," said the 48-year-old Austrian. "If you start throwing firecrackers back and forth with your neighbor, you might end up in jail at some point. That's why this has no place here. There are no two opinions."
The Eintracht pros were also shocked after their sporting liberation. "Such scenes have nothing to do with a Champions League game," criticized captain Sebastian Rode. And national goalkeeper Kevin Trapp stated: "It's a shame that it turned out that way."
After all, the first three points were scored in the end, which means that the Hessians are back in business in Group D. Glasner therefore looked ahead with confidence: "The players have shown that they are a great team. If we play at our performance limit, we can win against many opponents in many stadiums."