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Cologne given fine, fan restrictions for crowd trouble

Cologne hit with heavy fine, partial stadium closure for fan disturbances at games

Cologne given fine, fan restrictions for crowd trouble

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) -- Bundesliga club Cologne has been ordered to pay a heavy fine and close part of its stadium for three home games following crowd disturbances involving its fans.

The German football federation (DFB) says Cologne must pay 200,000 euros ($213,000) and close two standing areas for league games against Hoffenheim, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke.

The punishment comes after crowd disturbances at Duisberg in the German Cup on Oct. 28, and at the Rhine derby at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Feb. 14, when flares were set off and masked Cologne supporters wearing white overalls stormed the pitch, leading to violent scuffles with security staff and police.

Cologne has also had its ticket allocation for away games reduced, and all tickets for away games have to be personalized to the end of the season.

Updated : 2021-09-19 20:23 GMT+08:00