After the serious riots at the Bundesliga game between Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart, the umbrella organization of fan aid organizations is complaining about increasing police attacks against football fans.
She is also calling for a ban on pepper spray in German stadiums. “Instead of showing the supposedly hard edge in their own country in preparation for the 2024 European Championship, the police should focus on communication and de-escalation with the fans,” said a press release from the nationwide Fanhilfen association on Monday.
"The police's renewed escalation of violence against football fans, this time in Frankfurt, is the next climax in a devastating development that has been apparent for months. Ahead of the European Championships taking place in Germany next year, the police are apparently relying on an escalation strategy against fans," explained the Umbrella organization of fan aids.
According to its own statements, the specialist organization promotes the interests of football fans and supports them in exercising and enforcing their civil rights. “This mix of violence and escalation is extremely dangerous and does not fit at all with the number of crimes and injuries in stadiums that have been declining nationwide for years,” writes the umbrella organization about the current situation and gives an incomplete list of what it believes to be excessive police operations this season 16 Playing professional football.
Special commission investigates
According to police information, more than 100 people were injured in the operation on Saturday in Frankfurt on the police and security services side alone. According to a statement from Frankfurter Fanhilfe, there were 70 injuries among supporters on Saturday evening. A special commission has started the investigation.
Among other things, they are investigating assaults on law enforcement officers, as the Frankfurt police announced late on Sunday evening. It was said that the police officers called to help by the security service were massively attacked by Eintracht fans when they arrived on site. According to Eintracht board member Philipp Reschke, there is “various information and different opinions” about the cause of the riots.