Dortmund will exclude 88 hooligans
Borussia Dortmund is known for its many fans, and the huge ‘Yellow Wall’ at Signal Iduna Park. It will however have to stand empty for the next home game since the German Football Association (DFB) have decided to punish the club after riots among the fans in the games against Mainz, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
Ahead of the away game against Darmstadt, 88 Dortmund hooligans was arrested, and according to the leader of the information center for Sportsindsatsers (ZIS) Jürgen Lankes, the group had only one purpose at the away game in Darmstadt:
“We assume that the group traveled to Darmstadt with the aim to provoke and destroy. Therefore, we hope that we can implement a stadium ban of all involved” says Lankes to Bild.
According to the German newspaper the police stopped two buses, and therein they found among others Roman candles, balaclavas, martial arts gloves, drugs and painkillers. However, it is conclusively DFB that determines whether people can be awarded to a stadium ban. A total of 2,556 people are currently banned from stadiums in Germany.