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Nov 14, 2013

Dortmund fan banned for Nazi salute

Borussia Dortmund have handed a four-year stadium ban to a supporter for a Nazi salute during the recent Bundesliga game against Stuttgart.

Fans on the terraces at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion
Dortmund play their home games at Westfalenstadion.

The Champions League runners-up have taken measures against a man who displayed a Nazi salute during the goal celebration of Robert Lewandowski's fourth goal in Dortmund's 6-1 victory against Stuttgart.

A picture, published by Dortmund fanzine Die Kirsche, showed the bare-chested man on the fence wearing red tracksuit trouser and a black jacket with his right arm up in the air.

The person was immediately identified and on Nov. 4, three days after the game, Dortmund banned the man from all German stadiums until June 30, 2017, the maximum penalty in German football.

The incident was brought to wider public attention by Spiegel Online, the biggest German online outlet, which ran a feature about the 'New Right' in German football, leading the article with the picture of the man.

Der Spiegel reported of a right extremist network of 17 hooligan firms, called the GnuHonnters, which over the past few months have been trying to take over the German football stadiums.

The 'New Right' has been a main subject of discussion in German football this season, following incidents in several towns and throughout the upper tiers of German football.

According to the report the new network have targeted several 'left wing' Ultra groups in German stadiums.

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