BERLIN- German police are investigating a group of soccer fans in eastern Germany who celebrated their club’s victory by marching through town in Ku Klux Klan-style hoods.
This incident happened following the FC Energie Cottbus won promotion to the third-tier of the German league on Sunday.
The group of fans were seen with their faces covered with hoods resembling those worn by the U.S. white supremacist group the KKK, marched holding a red banner with “The rise of the evil ones”, written in gothic script.
In reaction to the imagery, the soccer club called the fans’ behaviour “inhumane, repugnant and in no way tolerable,” and said they are going through a process of identifying those fans and those identified will face a life-long ban from its games.
The clubs statement said, “We are deeply saddened by the fact that a few people, through their actions, spoiled the joy of victory and damaged the image of tens of thousands of Energie fans and the club.”
The city of almost 100 000 near the boarder of Poland, the use of extreme-right symbols is particularly sensitivity, as tensions between far-right supporters and refugees has inceeased earlier this year after Syrian teenagers were detained over two knife attacks.
27.5.2018 FC Energie Cottbus – Weiche Flensburg:
Rund um das Aufstiegsspiel kam es zu mehreren rechten Vorfällen. Selbst der Trainer wurde auf der PK diskriminierend und besang seine Mannschaft antiziganistisch (Min. 5:30): https://t.co/QLbZVFUbAf #ultras #ultrapeinlich #cottbus pic.twitter.com/w5gS7V2xv1
— ultrapeinlich (@ultrapeinlich) May 28, 2018
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