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By ESPN Staff

Klose suspension could prove costly for Germany

BERLIN, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Germany's Football Association (DFB) has accepted a fine of 12,500 ($16,020) from UEFA for hooliganism around last month's Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia in Bratislava.

The DFB said on Thursday it was appealing against a UEFA ruling that it should also pay for damage to property in the incidents.

According to the DFB, the Slovakian authorities did not heed a warning to restrict the sale of tickets.

Slovakian police briefly detained 42 German fans after a minor battle erupted following the Group D match on Oct. 11. A shop window was smashed near the stadium and a policeman was taken to hospital with minor cuts on his head.

There were also skirmishes with riot police inside the stadium during the game, while dozens of German hooligans were stopped at border crossings as they tried to travel to the match.

The trouble followed rioting of German fans when the two teams played in Bratislava in 2005.