Eintracht Frankfurt: Police use water cannons after beating West Ham

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Eintracht Frankfurt defeat West Ham United. Many fans were out in the city center afterwards. The police were in action.

Update from Friday, May 6 at. 07:31: Eintracht Frankfurt achieved something historic on Thursday (May 5): With a 1-0 win over West Ham United, the SBU reached the final of the Europa League. Fans of both teams had been eagerly awaiting this final goal and were doing their best to outshout their opponents. Coach Oliver Glasner said afterwards: “The gratitude and joy of the fans, it’s great. There was no aggression on the pitch. The gate is battered. It was the worst thing that happened.”

According to police, it remained largely relaxed at the stadium. Some Eintracht Frankfurt supporters provoked the English fans in front of the away block. However, they were pushed back by the officials and there were no violent clashes.

How was the situation in the center of Frankfurt? According to police, there have been assaults between SGE fans and West Ham United fans at various points. Well after the last whistle, police tweeted: “As the temperament increasingly heats up and objects are thrown, our water cannons are now entering the area of ​​operation.” Paulsplatz was apparently meant here, where police officers said they were thrown with bottles. Helicopters also circled the city. According to previous information, however, there were no major riots.

After the SGE triumph: the police give a clear message for the night

Update from Thursday 5 May at 23:48: Cheering storms in Frankfurt: With a 1-0 home win against West Ham United, the SBU made it clear that they would reach the final of the Europa League. At the stadium, the euphoric fans stormed the pitch and it took the security forces a few minutes to restore calm and order.

In general, law enforcement agencies can face challenging hours. During the game, however, it was mostly quiet – except for repeated use of the Pyro. In the guest block, police arrested two spectators who were supposed to have shown the Hitler salute. In Sachsenhausen she had to separate scandalous fans.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans ignite Bengalos. © Arne Dedert / dpa

Frankfurt police announced on Twitter that more and more colleagues were on the move in the urban area again. The clear message to the football community: “Together we celebrate: Yes. Hit others on the cheek: No.” The following applies to all passengers returning home: Restrictions on tram traffic must be expected.

Eintracht Frankfurt: West Ham fans celebrate the newlyweds

Update from Thursday 5 May at 20:56: A video circulating on Twitter shows a remarkable episode from the Europa League semi-final between Eintracht Frankfurt and West Ham United: English football fans celebrate a young couple on Römerberg who have just been married in the town hall.

Hundreds of guests from London were out in the city center on Thursday afternoon and evening (May 5) cheering, celebrating and singing. And the newlyweds? Asked for a picture with the British, many of whom will now probably be sitting in the crowded Frankfurt stadium.

Police reported a few “minor frictions” in the urban area leading up to the fight via Twitter in the evening. The situation is currently “quiet and relaxed”. To ensure that this remains the case, the emergency services behind block 29 in the stadium guard can be contacted at any time.

West Ham United fans celebrate through Frankfurt.
West Ham United fans celebrate through Frankfurt. © Boris Roessler / dpa

Hundreds of West Ham fans march through Frankfurt

Update from Thursday 5 May at 18:16: If you want to get around Frankfurt by tram on Thursday evening (May 5), it will be difficult. As VGF reports, the police have cordoned off the entire area by the main train station. West Ham United fans are currently marching through the urban area. There are cancellations on lines 11, 14, 16, 17 and 21.

Update from Thursday 5 May at 17.18: A few hours before the kick-off, hundreds of English football fans gathered at the Römerberg in Frankfurt. Our on-site reporter estimated their number around 4:30 pm to 400 to 500. They were vocal but peaceful. There is singing and kicking to footballs.

English football fans parade along Frankfurt Central Station.
English football fans parade along Frankfurt Central Station. © 5vision.media

Frankfurt police were also present at Römerberg. Through speaker messages, she asked West Ham fans to walk slowly but surely to the stadium. The emergency services announced on Twitter that full lanes and long security checks were expected. There are “many fans of both teams” in Frankfurt.

Police asked fans without a ticket to stay in town and watch the Europa League semi-finals at bars and pubs there. There is no way to do that at the stadium. The purpose of the Frankfurt officials is also to separate the fan camps of the Eintracht Frankfurt and the London Club. There had been several quarrels last night (look downstairs).

Police cars are parked at Römerberg in Frankfurt.
Police cars are parked at Römerberg in Frankfurt. © Boris Roessler / dpa

800 West Ham fans in Station District – quarrel with baseball bat at the pub

Update from Thursday 5 May at 14.15: This year’s previous match for Eintracht Frankfurt is approaching: On Thursday (May 5), SGE will play West Ham United for a place in the Europa League final. The meeting already cast its shadow on Wednesday – also on the streets of Frankfurt. A total of 30 people were arrested.

But what happened? Frankfurt police spoke of “violent-seeking supporters of both clubs” who were fighting or planning to fight each other in the urban area. As early as Wednesday afternoon, investigators had registered up to 1,000 West Ham United fans in the urban area, including so-called risk fans.

The rival fan groups from England and Eintracht Frankfurt continued to search for violent clashes, which the police, however, largely prevented, especially in the station district. Elsewhere, however, things became tangible. According to officials, a group of SGE supporters attacked around noon. 18.40 Wednesday night guest fans on Schulstrasse and knocked two of them unconscious. They had to be hospitalized as inpatients.

Eintracht Frankfurt: West Ham United fans want to march in the station district

The most violent scenes before Eintracht Frankfurt’s match against West Ham United in the Europa League took place around 21:30 on Taubenstrasse. Here, “a large group of violent criminals who apparently belonged to the supporters of Eintracht Frankfurt”, according to police, tried to attack English fans in a pub. Among other things, a baseball bat was used. The inventory of the gastronomy was smashed.

A bar employee also sustained minor injuries. Police immediately searched for the fugitives and were able to find and control two groups of people on Schaumainkai and on Eiserner Steg. “It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. After the identity was confirmed, the persons received appropriate location references, “said Frankfurt police.

A large number of police officers were on duty in the Bahnhofsviertel the night before Eintracht Frankfurt's match against West Ham United.
A large number of police officers were on duty in the Bahnhofsviertel the night before Eintracht Frankfurt’s match against West Ham United. © 5vision.media

According to police, the crowd of English fans was concentrated in Munich Street in the evening hours. An estimated 800 guest fans were to be found here, including about 150 “risk fans”, according to the investigating authorities. Münchner Strasse in Frankfurt had to be closed to both road and rail traffic due to the congestion. Police prevented West Ham fans from marching through the station area.

After a potentially major altercation on Gutleutstrasse was stopped, the situation calmed down around midnight. On Thursday – around the second match between SGE and West Ham United – the police in Frankfurt are on alert.

West Ham fans in Frankfurt on the road – tram failure due to police action

First report from Wednesday, May 4 at. 22:46: The night before the decision in the Europa League, the mood is slowly warming up in Frankfurt. As Frankfurt police confirmed on the issue, several fans of opponents West Ham United were out walking the pubs and bars of the Main metropolis on Wednesday (May 4). The security forces on their side show a massive presence, as announced.

Pictures show, for example, a crowd of people in front of “O’Reilly’s”, an Irish pub in the station district. Around Frankfurt Central Station, there are also errors in tram traffic in the evenings. Particularly affected are lines 11, 12 and 14. Background according to the Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt (VGF): The ongoing police action.

Police officers secure the situation in Frankfurt Bahnhofsviertel.  Due to the upcoming Eintracht semi-final, several English football fans will be there on Wednesday night (May 4).
Police officers secure the situation in Frankfurt Bahnhofsviertel. Due to the upcoming Eintracht semi-final, several English football fans will be there on Wednesday night (May 4). © 5vision.media

Eintracht Frankfurt: Games cast shadows ahead – just throwing a bottle as an eye-catching move

A police spokesman confirmed that an English football fan was hit by a bottle thrown at the main train station and suffered minor injuries. Suspected thrower: A supporter of the Eintracht Frankfurt, who then towered up. Otherwise, so far there have been no major strife or clashes between the fan camps.

According to police, the presence of the English football fans at the moment is mainly reflected in their volume – “expressions of displeasure” from both sides can not be ruled out. So far, nothing is known from Frankfurt about more serious incidents such as Wednesday night (May 4), when hooded Eintracht fans were supposed to have attacked tourists from the West Ham camp. (ag)

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