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Dortmund fans banned after disturbance

Borussia Dortmund have taken measures following the incidents at the Revierderby in late October by revoking the away season tickets for Bundesliga and DFB Pokal matches from the three main ultra groups.

Dortmund fans wave their colours behind a giant poster ahead of the Champions League quarter-final with Malaga
Dortmund fans wave their colours behind a giant poster ahead of the Champions League quarter-final with Malaga

A group of Dortmund fans caused the kickoff at the Revierderby between Schalke and Dortmund to be delayed for several minutes when they lit flares, some of which were thrown on the pitch and almost hit goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

They also fired tracers into adjacent fan blocks and tore apart the glass surrounding the away block with window hammers.

As a consequence Dortmund have now revoked all away season tickets from Borussia’s three main ultra groups -- namely the Desperados 99, the Jubos and The Unity -- “for an indefinite period of time –- at least, however, until the end of the season."

With investigations still ongoing, the club also announced that “all persons found to have committed offences will be issued with a stadium ban”, with the total number of stadium bans expected to be around “20 to 30 persons.”

The banning of the three ultra groups could serve as a blow to Dortmund’s away support -- the fans were brought to the attention of a wider audience with their famous choreo in last season’s Champions League quarter final against Malaga.

Last Friday, a statement released by The Unity, the biggest of the three ultra groups, admitted that the situation at the Revierderby had “got of control.”

“Even if Derbies are in general and especially in the past have not been the quietest games, a line was crossed before kickoff. Things happened that are not acceptable,” the statement said. “We will draw our consequences from this game.”

The German Football Association is currently also investigating the incidents and has not announced the degree of penalty Dortmund faces for the incidents at the Revierderby.

With Dortmund fined a total of 215,00 euros for previous incidents, they are now facing a heavy fine, with a partial exclusion of their fans in a forthcoming home or away games also a possibility.

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