Et is just five days ago that the disturbing images from Nice woke people up. Before the Europa Conference League game between the local OGC and 1. FC Köln there were ugly scenes in the almost empty stadium between rival rioters. Stephen Baumgart, the coach of the Bundesliga club, witnessed the outbreak directly from the stands and was deeply shocked by this kind of behavior from people: "I experienced naked violence." A fan fell into the lower tier, and there were many other injuries. The football game, the actual occasion, faded into the background.
The stadium was in on Tuesday evening Marseilles Scene of Franco-German hostility. Eintracht Frankfurt won a game in the Champions League for the first time with a 1-0 win and fight after that 0:3 at the start against Sporting Lisbon a week ago to reach the round of 16. But given the circumstances of the game, that was only topic number two afterwards. Rather, the scenes that existed before kick-off, but also afterwards, were shocking. the Fans of both blocks fired rockets and firecrackers on each other. A Frankfurter was seriously injured.
Eintracht board member Philipp Reschke spoke about the escalation in the Stade Vélodrome during the night. "We have never experienced such a day in this form and did not think it possible in this way," he said. "There's no real joy because it's very strange the level of aggressiveness and hatred we were met with and of course there were reactions." There were a lot of perpetrators on both sides, but significantly more from the ranks of the hosts . "This is not an apology and is not intended to protect anyone who has responded in kind," he said. "It was the feared state of emergency."
"He is out of danger"
According to Reschke, the injured Eintracht fan is said to have been hit by a flare. "He's in the hospital, but his life is out of danger," said the Frankfurt official. Even the prelude in Marseille was characterized by violence. On Monday evening, eight people were arrested after a fight in the city center, including a German, according to the local police. Six more arrests were made on Tuesday. More than 1000 police officers were in the stadium. They had their hands full with all the criminal energy.
As the AFP news agency reports, citing the prefecture in the southern French city, German supporters are said to have shown the Hitler salute in the stands. Eintracht distanced itself "very clearly" from the incident "in which a gesture to be understood as a 'Hitler salute' was shown". The person seen in a video circulating on the Internet reported to the Eintracht fan representative during the first half and "emphatically rejected the allegation of anti-Semitic intentions," the club said. Eintracht wants to "examine in detail" the process and the representation of the person concerned.