Rioting highlights German football's violent side
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.