Riots broke out before the city derby between FC St. Pauli and Hamburger SV in the 2nd Bundesliga. When the fan march registered by the HSV supporters reached the Heiligengeistfeld with around 3,500 people, up to 200 FC St. Pauli fans tried to reach it. According to the police, however, this was prevented.
The hosts asked Twitter “the question of the proportionality” of the operation and called for “clarification”.
On a video, a fan lying on the ground is hit by a police officer. According to the neighborhood club, several people were injured.
The police said that “parts of this group were taken into custody”. “Video circulating on the internet shows one such detention, in which a police officer uses coercion in the form of physical violence,” police tweeted.
Police spokeswoman Sandra Levgrün said opposite NDR 90.3: “Situations like this don’t look nice. It has something to do with physical coercion, with direct coercion that we use at the point. And these people put up resistance. In that respect, the situations look ugly, and that’s not for the police either nice, but it has to be done. We can’t just let them go just because we feel resistance.”
St. Pauli vs. HSV: Pyro in both blocks
The use of the police was unavoidable, said Levgrün: “And we do that and then there are also pictures that don’t look particularly good.”
FC St. Pauli had already taken precautions in advance and, given the 30,000 fans in the stadium, placed more security guards than usual. The buffer zones between the home and guest areas have also been enlarged. The consumption of alcohol is not allowed.
A total of 47 people were taken into custody. 1,445 officers were deployed, five of whom were injured.
Before the game and during the first half pyrotechnics were ignited in both blocks. Shortly after the restart, the spectators in the HSV block set off firecrackers again. Pauli ultimately won the game 3-0.