: German police identifies hooligans fighting with Ukrainian fans

14:22 Jun. 14, 2016

German police identifies hooligans fighting with Ukrainian fans

German fans watching UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on June 12, 2016. (GettyImages)

At least ten of them belong to 'Dynamo-Dresden' football fan club

German police indentified the hooligans who clashed with Ukrainian football fans in the city of Lille before the match between Ukrainian and German football teams. According to "Berliner Zeitung" the assailants are merely from "ultras" gang belonging to "Dynamo-Dresden" fan club. The police officers claim to have recognized at least ten hooligans out of those clashing with Ukrainian fans.

The identified ultras' have been followed by the police for a long time. Additionally German police report of banning 18 Dresden hooligans wearing face masks from crossing the regional border of Rheinland-Pfalz federal land.

On Sunday, June 12th, Ukrainian and German fans clashed in the Lille city centre hours before the match between their national teams. According to numerous media reports, a gang of nearly 80 fans with German symbolics started throwing glass bottles at the Ukrainians, shouting insulting words and tearing off the Ukrainian scarves and flars. Video footage circulated on social media showed around the gand exchanging punches and kicks. Later the witnesses claimed the assailants were Russian emigrants living in Germany.

In view of escalating conflicts between the visitors of the tournament France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve asked for restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol in Euro 2016 host cities after three days of drunken violence in Marseille. Alcohol restrictions could apply on the eve and the days of matches, in public spaces, bars around stadiums and stores that sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. Local officials will be allowed to decide which areas would be dry.

Read also Guardian: Russia handed suspended Euro 2016 disqualification and fined €150,000

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