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Rioting highlights German football's violent side

Published on Feb 11, 2013 6:05 AM
File photo of German riot policemen confronting Fortuna Duesseldorf soccer fans with their dogs after the fans occupied the pitch in the last minutes of their team's German Bundesliga soccer division relegation match against Hertha Berlin in Duesseldorf May 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Rioting football hooligans have again dragged violence in Germany's Bundesliga back into the spotlight after three separate incidents in the country's top two leagues over the weekend.

The worst case was at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday when around 1,000 away supporters from Nuremberg clashed with police, leaving 19 officers and two stewards with minor injuries.

A police car was pelted with stones outside Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena and a fence around the stadium was destroyed. A police spokesman said "only through the use of batons and pepper spray" could they control the situation.

"Outbreaks of violence are unacceptable. We hope that the perpetrators can be identified by the police investigation," Frankfurt club manager Martin Bader told German television channel Sport1.

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