Dortmund will punish violent culprits

Borussia Dortmund have asked for patience as they work to track down and punish supporters who attacked RB Leipzig fans ahead of their Bundesliga clash on Saturday.

German police reportedly arrested 28 people after bottles and stones, among other items, were thrown as the Leipzig fans they made their way to Signal Iduna Park.

Leipzig have attracted protests against their unashamedly corporate governance everywhere they’ve been this season, but few have been as emphatic in their condemnation of the Red Bull model than Dortmund were on the weekend.

Some fans took it too far though.

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has since stressed that the club will do all in its power to bring justice to those found guilty of ‘grievous bodily harm, breach of the peace and resisting arrest’.

Part of a club statement read: “Now two days after the events during the match against RB Leipzig we are still in shock over the level of violence and insults that took place.

“I would like to express my sympathy to the fans of RB Leipzig and also to the police.

“We are evaluating the despicable things that happened and have already identified some culprits.

“I ask you for a little bit more patience, because being thorough is more important than being fast. Next week we will inform everybody about what we found and will punish the culprits as hard as possible.

“It is very important that we take our time to evaluate, so we can be sure to find the right people. I ask for your patience, I can assure you we will do everything possible to make sure this never happens again.”

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