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DFB punishes Eintracht Frankfurt with partial stadium closure, €75,000 fine

Fans of Frankfurt burn Darmstadt banners during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Darmstadt 98 at Commerzbank-Arena on December 6, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
A number of Eintracht Frankfurt fans set fire to Darmstadt flags during December's Bundesliga derby game.

Eintracht Frankfurt have been punished by the German Football Association [DFB] with a partial stadium closure, with the Bundesliga club among eight clubs from the upper three tiers hit with fines amounting to a total of €195,750 for fan misbehaviour.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the DFB fined Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart, Holstein Kiel, Wolfsburg, Hamburg, VfR Aalen, Werder Bremen, and Frankfurt due to the actions of their supporters.

The fines range from €750 for third-tier club VfR Aalen to €75,000 for Frankfurt, who have been punished for two separate incidents during their DFB Pokal match at Erzgebirge Aue on Oct. 27 as well as at the Bundesliga derby against Darmstadt on Dec. 6, in which they suffered a 1-0 home defeat.

Frankfurt supporters lit flares on both occasions, and during the Bundesliga match also set fire to flags of Darmstadt supporters.

The fans also threw bangers onto the pitch -- which led to a two-and-half-minute discontinuation of the game -- and then tried to invade the pitch after the final whistle.

On Thursday, the DFB not only hit Frankfurt with a €75,000 fine, but also ordered the club to play their match against Stuttgart in early February with their standing terraces closed.

Frankfurt fans will also not be allowed to travel to Darmstadt on matchday 32, and the club have been ordered to compensate the hosts for the gate fees.

On top of that, Frankfurt were also handed a suspended sentence for another partial stadium closure "in case of a severe recurrence," the DFB said.

Eintracht Frankfurt have accepted the verdict.

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.


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