Eintracht Frankfurt Fans Could Be Banned Following Fan Violence During Champions League Game Against Marseille

Eintracht Frankfurt Fans Could Be Banned Following Fan Violence During Champions League Game Against Marseille

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:11 PM
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  • Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt are under investigation by UEFA over the actions of some of their fans
  • Fans of Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt threw fireworks and shot roman candles at each other
  • Eintracht Frankfurt's fans were previously in trouble because of their actions against West Ham United

Eintracht Frankfurt could find themselves in hot water following the actions of the fans.

Frankfurt picked up a historic first-ever Champions League win when they beat Marseille in France.

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Riot police had to be called into the Orange Vélodrome after violence erupted between Eintracht Frankfurt fans and Marseille supporters. Image: Sebastian Gollnow/ Nicolas Tucat
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However, the victory was marred by riots between the two sets of fans.

As reported by Bulinews, both sets of fans started throwing firecrackers and shooting roman candles at one another. Videos doing the rounds also showed another Frankfurt fan appearing to make a racist salute towards the Marseille supporters.

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Sky Sports have now reported that UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against both clubs. Frankfurt have been charged with the throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks, acts of damage and racist behaviour.

Frankfurt were previously in trouble with UEFA over their fans’ actions during their Europa League semi-final against West Ham United last season. Club board member, Philipp Reschke, expressed his concern that the West Ham incident, coupled with the Marseille events, will hurt his side.

"We're treading dangerous waters. Because of our record with UEFA, we are now facing probation status with respect to our home games and possible consequences for future away games," he said.

Frankfurt already received a suspended sentence for the West Ham incident and could now face spectator bans if found guilty by UEFA.

The club also said that one of the fans accused of making a racist salute contacted them to deny the accusations.

Eintracht Frankfurt: The Bundesliga originals are building toward continued success in German football

Eintracht Frankfurt are often overlooked in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig steal headlines.

With a strong team and a passionate fanbase behind them, Frankfurt are not to be underestimated and will be looking to pose a serious challenge this season.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.