Away game in Rotterdam: Union Berlin criticizes police operations

Status: 10/22/2021 2:15 p.m.

Union Berlin loses in the third game in the Conference League for the second time. After that, however, the main discussion is about the tough intervention of the police. Fans of the Berlin Bundesliga club had to go to the hospital. There were 75 arrests.

A total of 75 arrests were made on Thursday evening around the European Cup match of 1. FC Union Berlin at Feyenoord Rotterdam. The police in the Netherlands announced on Friday morning.

Accordingly, a group of 59 people in total had before the encounter in the Europa Conference League, which the Berliners lost 1: 3who have favourited a confrontation with Feyenoord fans. According to the police, they were under suspicion of “preparing for open violence,” a statement said.

The other 16 people are suspected of vandalism and possession of fireworks, among other things. The police also reported an attack by a “small group of German hooligans” on the officers. As a result of the attack, a police dog was used, which bit both three Union fans and a police officer. The four affected had to be treated in hospital. A police horse and rider were injured because the animal was frightened by fireworks and fell.

Union criticizes the use of the police

For its part, the Bundesliga club announced that there had been chaotic scenes before the entrance to the guest block. 2,400 Union fans actually wanted to be in the De Kuip stadium, but many were not allowed to enter the arena for a long time. Hundreds of people in front of the stadium gates not only complained of extremely long waiting times, but also of excessive police operations and arbitrary arrests, it said. Followers reported targeted attacks and aggressive officials on social media.

The iron help, the legal aid collective of the fan scene, showed a badly injured fan on Twitter. Its chairman Andreas Lattemann called the operation arbitrarily: “During the fan march there were targeted attacks on the heads of those involved, the use of batons and dogs, several people have been bitten, have lacerations or are in the hospital. “

Situation at the fan march: “Actually relaxed atmosphere”

“At first it was actually a relaxed atmosphere at the fan march,” reports a fan who was present at the march to the stadium to the rbb. “There was singing and jumping. The police probably didn’t like the fact that some fans weren’t running on the street, but on the sidewalk. From then on, a more aggressive tone was used and an attempt was made to get people off the sidewalk get “, continues the fan.

Suddenly the march stopped and injured fans moved further back from the front of the train, where especially the Union Ultras were running. With the help of local residents, they were provided with water and bandages. At this point in time there would have been no aggression from fans, says the fan. “I have never seen the Ultras so organized and de-escalating as they were on this day,” reports the fan, who says he has been going to away games with the Iron for years.

Union spokesman: “Overall unacceptable”

“From our point of view, it is a catastrophic situation when several hundred people with tickets are not in the stadium by half-time. Then something can be wrong,” said Union communications chief Christian Arbeit after the incident: “There are obviously pictures of numerous injured people very tough police operations. All in all, that is simply unacceptable. “

Union announced talks both with those in charge of Feyenoord and with the European Football Union Uefa. “We will have to talk about how something like this can happen at European level. It is unacceptable that way,” said Arbeit.

“We know about the difficult situation in front of the guest block. We are with several people on site and try to find a solution”, tweeted [] the Bundesliga club from Berlin during the first half. A reason for the problems was not initially given. Afterwards, the evening should now be reconstructed with the help of memory logs of the fans.

Some fans report that there were only two turnstiles at the entrance, and one of them has failed in the meantime.

Also attacks the day before

Violent actions had taken place in Rotterdam the day before. A group of around 25 people around Union President Dirk Zingler wanted to end the evening in a bar not far from the team hotel on Wednesday when a larger group attacked and threw tables and chairs at them. One person was arrested, one person was hospitalized, it said. Feyenoord apologized for the nasty attacks and promised to clarify the situation

That Away game at Feyenoord Rotterdam ended 3: 1 (2: 1) on Thursday evening. The goals for the home team were scored by Alireza Jahanbakhsh (11th), Bryan Linssen (29th) and Luisa Sinisterra (77th). Taiwo Awoniyi scored for Union (35th).

Broadcast: rbb24, October 21, 2021, 10:00 p.m.


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