Europa League: Londoners are afraid of Eintracht fans

R.obin Erbrecht will not be at the Olympic Stadium this Thursday when Eintracht play for the Europa League final at London club West Ham United in the evening (21:00). He did not get any of the 3,000 tickets awarded to Eintracht as an official contingent in the arena in the northeast of the metropolis. However, he decided to fly from Munich to the English capital. “We still want to support Eintracht,” she says, hoping that like-minded people will meet in a London pub for a public view on Thursday.

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But this is exactly what seems to be viewed with concern in London. The home club’s subscribers were asked not to officially offer any tickets on the transfer market, probably for fear that, like the Barcelona match, they would mainly go to Frankfurt. According to official fan information published by Eintracht Frankfurt, as well as that of the host club West Ham United, Eintracht fans who have bought their tickets off-the-block away will not be tolerated at the stadium: they should be denied access. access to the block.

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It is still not entirely clear how exactly the folders want to do this. However, experiences of Eintracht guest appearance at Chelsea London in May 2019 show that security staff in England’s stadiums are anything but picky: at the time, numerous Frankfurt fans were expelled from the stadium in the neutral area. before the end of the match, despite having bought the regular tickets – at the latest after the celebrations thanks to the equalizer scored by Luka Jović for Frankfurt, then eliminated on penalties.

Fearsome riots between fan groups

It remains to be seen whether such crackdowns can also be foreseen in West Ham. What is certain, however, is that in London there will be well over 3,000 Frankfurters, as also announced by Eintracht president Peter Fischer. Conversely, there will not be as many Hesse in London as in Barcelona: there were around 35,000 Eintracht fans at the stadium and even more in the city.

However, the expectation in the Frankfurt delegation is great. Fischer has already announced on Hessischer Rundfunk that he would certainly celebrate with Eintracht fans: “I will not let this take me away, no matter where we play in Europe”. The place where Hessian fans want to meet has not yet been decided or is kept secret for security reasons – after all, after Eintracht’s trip to Seville, when West Ham also played there the next day, there are were riots between fan groups on both sides. In any case, Fischer has already come up with an idea: “Why not in front of Buckingham Palace? There isn’t much to do at the moment.” In fact, three years ago, some 5,000 Frankfurters passed the building during the fan march. through London.

Similar to the performance of the Frankfurters in Barcelona, ​​the fans of the English capital also want to present a uniform image and have issued the slogan “All in white”. As it turns out, fans aren’t short of ideas for spending time in London either – a fan-organized two-hour boat trip on the Thames was quickly sold out.

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