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FC Hansa announces "considerable penalties"

Rostock fans caused serious riots and injured numerous people at the second division match in Paderborn. FC Hansa is now expected to pay for the massive damage.

Paramedics stand in front of their ambulances during an operation in front of the stadium. Photo.aussiedlerbote.de
Paramedics stand in front of their ambulances during an operation in front of the stadium. Photo.aussiedlerbote.de

After riots by the fans - FC Hansa announces "considerable penalties"

The serious rioting by Hansa-Rostock fans at the second division match in Paderborn has triggered great horror and a debate about consequences for violent spectators. "The DFL and the DFB need to consider whether clubs with fans who are prone to such violence should be allowed into other stadiums at all," Paderborn's managing director Martin Hornberger told the TV channel Sky. And he added: "We will send the bill to Hansa Rostock. It's not our fault."

Hornberger put the damage at more than 100,000 euros because Rostock supporters caused brawls with several injuries, smashed drinks and snack stands, set off pyrotechnics and threw objects at police officers. The match had to be interrupted twice. "We had players who didn't want to leave because they were scared and felt very depressed," said the 62-year-old Hornberger.

FC Hansa is often accused of not taking decisive enough action against violent fans. However, Rostock's reactions at the weekend were very clear. In an initial statement, the club wrote that "FC Hansa Rostock created a shameful image in Paderborn ".

In an interview with Bild, CEO Robert Marien then followed up on Saturday. "I have apologized to Martin Hornberger on behalf of FC Hansa Rostock. We will do our part in dealing with the matter and, of course, in settling the damage," said the 42-year-old.

"I know from Martin Hornberger and the police that there is a lot of video footage. We will process this and then impose consequences from the club and there will certainly also be criminal proceedings," Marien continued. "It's not enough to apologize and distance ourselves, there will be severe penalties - period. There is no whitewashing or trivializing. There can be no soft punishments either, there will have to be clear consequences."

A 30-minute interruption at the home match against Schalke 04. A choreography at the home match against FC St. Pauli that was interpreted by Hansa fans as an allusion to the racist attacks in the Lichtenhagen district in 1992: In the past few weeks alone, there have been several massive incidents at second division matches involving Rostock.

"Each incident should be considered on its own merits, I don't want to mix these incidents with others where there were other triggers," said Marien. "The fact is that the external image and the events are now a complete disaster, there's no other way to describe it."

According to police reports, around 150 violent visiting fans left the standing area in Paderborn during the match and threw various objects at stewards and police officers. "A total of eight stewards and twelve police officers suffered injuries, one policewoman had to be treated for a cut in a Paderborn hospital," said the SCP and police statement.

Shortly before the end of the match, a Hansa fan climbed over a fence into the seating area and seriously injured a neutral spectator on the head. "The man had to be taken to hospital by ambulance," said the police and club.

North Rhine-Westphalia's Interior Minister Herbert Reul also joined the discussion at the weekend. "Destructive rage and attacks on security forces seem to be firmly anchored in some people's minds. And the fact that fans and emergency services were repeatedly injured in the process is unacceptable," the CDU politician told the German Press Agency. "The clubs have an obligation to protect peaceful soccer supporters from the violent chaos and to ensure that they are not allowed into the stadium in future. The police will evaluate this incident and consistently prosecute every criminal offense."

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  1. The DFL and the DFB should consider whether clubs with fans prone to violence, like FC Hansa Rostock, should be allowed in other stadiums, suggested Paderborn's managing director Martin Hornberger to Sky.
  2. The serious rioting by Hansa-Rostock fans during the second division match in Paderborn caused damages exceeding 100,000 euros, as Hornberger stated.
  3. Hornberger accused Rostock supporters of causing brawls with injuries, smashing beverages and snack stands, setting off pyrotechnics, and throwing objects at police officers.
  4. The FC Hansa CEO, Robert Marien, apologized to Paderborn's managing director on behalf of FC Hansa Rostock and promised to settle the damages and impose consequences.
  5. Marien mentioned that the police and his club have loads of video footage about the incident, which will be processed to take clear penalties.
  6. Hansa fans threw various objects at stewards and police officers during the match, causing injuries, as reported by the police and club.
  7. A Hansa fan seriously injured a neutral spectator by climbing over a fence into the seating area before the end of the match, based on the police and club statement.
  8. The Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul, emphasized that violent incidents against security forces are unacceptable and demanded protection of peaceful soccer supporters from the chaotic violence.
  9. FC Hansa, a team from Rostock, often faces accusations of not taking sufficient action against violent fans, leading to widespread debate and concern.
  10. The situation has spurred discussions about penalizing FC Hansa Rostock for the criminal acts committed by its fans during the match against SC Paderborn in the second division.

Source: www.stern.de

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