Derby in Leipzig: Here the police flee the football crowd! | Regional

Leipzig- Saturday afternoon, football derby in Leutzsch, chemistry welcomes Lok. And while the ball is still rolling, what many feared is happening: riots in the regional championship! In the end, eight police officers were injured.

The police helicopter is already circling from noon, 150 officers check the approach of around 500 locomotive fans. The first escalation then in the 1st half. A column of black smoke on the chemistry fan block, Bengalos, fire!

Heavy smoke rises from the locomotive block. A banner reads “Fight the Enemy”

Photo: Michael Taeger/Jan Huebner

When police approached the block with cameras to record video as evidence, officers were met with pure hatred. The hooligans throw everything they can at the police: slats, squared timber, planks, chairs, whole tables! Video from the fan block shows officials running away from the football crowd gone mad. “Colleagues withdrew to defuse,” police said diplomatically.

Were the riots and the attack on officials planned?

While at other stadiums meticulous attention is paid to clearing away lighters and potential projectiles from fans before entering, at the Alfred-Kunze-Sportpark building materials lay close at hand. According to the police, the fence was also prepared for a space storm! Later, locomotive fans even fired rockets straight into the chemistry ranks, black smoke rises again!

Barriers have become projectiles

Barriers have become projectiles

Photo: Michael Taeger/Jan Huebner

Hatred and violence go into overtime after the game. In the tram, locomotive fans sing “songs that get people excited” and around 8:50 p.m., 60 chemical fans attack the “Stellwerk” fan meeting point on Prager Strasse. Four locomotive fans are injured (including head trauma). Later there were also fights on Connewitzer Strasse, during which the victims were also stolen (including their EC cards).

Police were able to arrest four thugs, the details of 70 men were recorded and criminal charges were brought against 20. One of the eight officers injured is now unfit for duty.

Fan wall tunnels leading to the stadium

Even before the match, there had been jeers from the fans: the tunnel of the Leutzsch railway underpass was allegedly bricked up by BSG Chemie fans overnight, so that the march of the Lok fans could not pass!

But the police arrived in the morning with a wheelbarrow and a hammer and removed the aerated concrete blocks. About 500 blue and yellow supporters were then able to shoot through the so-called “mousetrap” as planned.

No passage in the “mousetrap”.  The stadium's underpass has been bricked up

No passage in the “mousetrap”. The stadium’s underpass has been bricked up

Photo: Silvio Burger

Officials knocked down the wall - and stood in front of a second

Officials knocked down the wall – and stood in front of a second

Photo: Silvio Burger

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