Belgians seek revenge – police fear hooligan riots in Frankfurt.


Belgians seek revenge – police fear hooligan riots in Frankfurt.

On Thursday evening Eintracht Frankfurt wants to move into the Europa League round of 16 against Antwerp. The game could be overshadowed by hooligan riots. The Belgians are apparently seeking revenge.

When Frankfurter Eintracht made a guest appearance at Royal Antwerp at the end of September, there was a bad crash in advance: Belgian media reported on 300 Frankfurt hooligans who tried to storm the Antwerp fan café “Great Old” in the afternoon.

Chairs flew, windows splintered, pyrotechnics were ignited. Pictures on social media showed the chaos. The police intervened, used pepper spray and surrounded some of the Frankfurters. 100 people were arrested.

Now the Belgian fans apparently want to take revenge. The Belgian portal “VoetbalPrimeur” reported that hooligan groups had set out to make trouble in Frankfurt on Thursday. They would be accompanied by Dutch fan allies. Police officers from neighboring countries are ready to support their German colleagues in identifying possible rioters.

The Frankfurt police confirmed the precarious situation: “The Belgians still have an account open,” said a spokesman for t-online. “We expect risk fans in the mid three-digit range.”

2,200 tickets were sold to Royal Antwerp. In addition, around 500 fans are likely to arrive without having a ticket for the game.

According to the police, critical points in Frankfurt are on Thursday: The area around the main train station and Sachsenhausen. In addition, an attack on the Christmas market cannot be ruled out.

In the game itself, Eintracht Frankfurt wants to extend its Europa League trip early with a win against Royal Antwerp and move directly into the round of 16. Three points would secure group victory.

The kick-off is at 9 p.m. In the duel with the so far winless Belgians, Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner can almost draw on the full in terms of personnel. Only defender Martin Hinteregger is missing because of a bruised foot.

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