Europa League final: Chaos in Seville – riots between fan groups

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Eintracht Frankfurt want to win their first European title since 1980 against Glasgow Rangers in Sevilla. That is why countless Hessian fans travel to Andalusia. Last day in the ticker.

  • Eintracht Frankfurt are in the final of the Europa League – Glasgow Rangers are the opponents in Sevilla
  • Countless Eintracht and Rangers fans have traveled to Andalusia. The first arrests were made the same night
  • All about the last day in Seville in the ticker

Update from May 18 at 19:08: Already in the afternoon, there were reports of physical quarrels between fans of Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers. During the evening, several videos of riots appeared in the center of Seville. Fighting broke out on Avenida de Menéndez Pelayo, less than two kilometers from today’s venue, and the chairs on the terraces of the surrounding restaurants were thrown away. This is evidenced by a video shared on Twitter.

Update from May 18 at 18:55: 42 years ago, Frankfurt Eintracht won their last international title. In the UEFA Cup final, Hessen defeated Mönchengladbach by two legs. At the time, Karl-Heinz “Charly” Körbel, who is still a record player in the Bundesliga, was with. “I’ve been here for 50 years, but I’ve never experienced anything like it,” said 602-time Eintracht player Körbel a few hours before kick-off about the number of fans at the final.

“Of course today we think of the two who celebrated great successes with Eintracht. We will never forget them,” he shouted to the thousands of Eintracht supporters who had traveled to Seville. Now it’s time for new heroes. Glasgow Rangers must now be defeated for the last heroic feat.

Eintracht president Peter Fischer drinks with SBU supporters before the final

Update from May 18 at 17:51: Eintracht president Peter Fischer spoke to SGE fans who had traveled with him to Seville. It did not help with the high summer temperatures of around 35 degrees, the 66-year-old had to cool his throat with Spanish canned beer. Fischer, who has been Eintracht president since 2000, had already been drinking with supporters in Barcelona. Now he warmed up again in the middle of the fans – with a beer from the local brewery Cruzcampo.

Update from May 18 at 16:39: When Eintracht Frankfurt play tonight for the Europa League trophy in Seville, one person should not be missing: Club President Peter Fischer. The 66-year-old was greeted at the Frankfurt fan event at the Prado de San Sebastián in central Seville with the cult song “Peter gives a ‘out” and celebrates – as in Barcelona – with fans of his harmony.

Eintracht president Fischer complains about “Mickey Mouse Stadium” before the Europa League final

Given the amount of fans from Germany and Scotland that are currently flooding the Andalusian city, around 200,000 tickets could have been sold. Fischer commented on this at the fan festival with the words: “There are 190,000 fans that we can not get into this Mickey Mouse stadium”. In fact, the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan is the smallest of the three major football stadiums in the city, with a capacity of just under 44,000. This means that more than 100,000 of the approximately 150,000 fans of both finalists who have traveled to the venue will not be able to follow the game on site.

Update from May 18 at 15:17: Now there is first glimpse into the incident from Wednesday night where Eintracht fans were supposed to have attacked some Scottish supporters.

Fankaos before the Europa League final? First arrests after “massive fight”

In front of Seville’s cathedral, a group of 200 Frankfurt fans attacked the opponent’s supporters in the final, it sounded. There was a “massive fight”. When Frankfurt fans saw the police coming, they fled. No one was seriously injured, according to police, but a Rangers fan suffered a head injury.

Tens of thousands of Eintracht Frankfurt fans celebrate in the center of Seville. © Angel Fernandez / dpa

Update from May 18 at 14:18: There are still seven hours until the final kicks off at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. But tens of thousands are already celebrating in Seville. At several fan festivals in the center of the big city of Andalusia, Scots and Germans got in the mood for the football showdown on Wednesday night, full of anticipation.

“We are full of expectations, because for this competition it is a unique meeting between the loudest and most vocal fans in Europe,” said Frankfurt CEO Axel Hellmann. According to Hellmann, UEFA President Alexander Ceferin explicitly expressed his joy over the final between two traditional clubs with loud fan support.

“The whole of Europe can look forward to this final,” said Eintracht head coach Oliver Glasner. The Frankfurters had planned several activities at their fan festival until early evening. Just like before the 3-2 victory over FC Barcelona, ​​President Peter Fischer should also speak to the supporters.

Europa League final: All of Germany crosses fingers for Eintracht Frankfurt

Update from May 18 at 14:07: It feels like the whole of Germany is looking at Sevilla tonight and crossing fingers for Eintracht. Also at BVB and Schalke 04! Former German Europa Cup heroes Olaf Thon and Lars Ricken are feverish at SGE in the Europa League final. “Of course I cross my fingers. It’s a huge story, because we were the last to win this title 25 years ago, “Thon said on Wednesday in a double interview with SID at the German Football Museum in Dortmund.

First report from 18 May at 12:23: Seville – It’s served! Even in Munich, supporters of Eintracht Frankfurt could be seen in SGE jerseys on Wednesday morning. In the evening, the Hessians meet Glasgow Rangers in the final of the Europa League in Seville. A very special duel! Because: Both teams are famous but also infamous for their fans.

Will it be quiet ahead of the final in Andalusia? Obviously not. Unfortunately, the first arrests were made the night before the final. Five Eintracht Frankfurt fans have been arrested a few hours before the Europa League final. According to police, they were part of a group of 200 German supporters who on Wednesday night were supposed to have attacked Scottish fans near the cathedral in the center of the southern Spanish city.

Europa League final: fan chaos of Eintracht fans? First arrests! “Serious problem”

This was confirmed by the police on Wednesday dpa-Request relevant reports from Spanish media. German fans are said to have thrown torches, tables and bottles at officials. They are therefore accused of disturbing public order and aggression.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers fans peacefully together in Seville.
Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers fans peacefully together in Seville. © IMAGO / PA Images

Police Chief Juan Carlos Castro had warned of “serious problems” shortly before these first riots on Tuesday. Around 150,000 fans are expected in Sevilla for the final on Wednesday night (21.00 / RTL), 100,000 from Scotland and 50,000 from Germany. “It’s outrageous,” Castro said. “There are too many people with too much alcohol, most without a ticket to the match. And there are many construction sites in the city. All of this can lead to serious problems.” 5,500 security guards will be deployed to the final, Castro spoke of the “most difficult game in recent years” in the Andalusian city.

Each club received a contingent of 10,000 tickets to the final. The Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán only seats about 44,000 spectators. Most of the fans who have traveled from Germany and Scotland will therefore follow the final in front of big screens in fan zones and at Cartuja Stadium or in pubs. (smk / dpa)

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