Germany: Hertha fans denounce 'banner ban' following Dortmund riots

Hertha BSC fans responded to the recent ban on large flags and banners at home games, as they arrived at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, on Saturday, ahead of their Bundesliga fixture against RB Leipzig. The ban comes after some Hertha fans clashed with police during an away game against Borussia Dortmund on October 27, prompted by a police attempt to remove a huge Hertha banner. Outside the... Еще Olympic Stadium, some fans criticised the club’s decision to ban all large banners, as opposed to singling out the fans who were involved in the earlier incident. One man said, «What happened in Dortmund, that is not okay. One has to show a signal, but I believe that such a general prohibition from whatever banners or flags doesn’t offer anything. It affects people in general but those those particular ones that it should affect.» Another fan deemed Hertha BSC’s response to the incident as «sweeping judgements.» He argued, «They [Hertha BSC] are now — so to say — collectively punishing, I don’t think that’s ok.» The decision prohibits large banners, placards, banderoles and two-handed banners. The ban applies to both the home and away sections of the Olympic Stadium’s games.

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