Dortmund accept punishment for Leipzig crowd trouble

Borussia Dortmund will not have the backing of their famed ‘Yellow Wall’ on Saturday against Wolfsburg after reluctantly accepting the DFB’s punishment.

German football’s governing body issued BVB with a partial stadium closure for incidents which marred their 1-0 home win over RB Leipzig earlier this month.

Dortmund fans had publicly protested Die Bullen’s controversial ownership by displaying provocative banners at the game, while violence outside the ground saw 10 visiting supporters and four police officers injured.

The DFB imposed a €100,000 fine on the club and ordered the closure of the south stand at Signal Iduna Park – the Sudtribune, which is Europe’s largest terrace for standing fans.

A statement from Dortmund on Monday read: “Borussia Dortmund’s acceptance of the DFB supervisory committee’s demand for a penalty is based on our conviction that in the still emotional, loaded atmosphere at present, it is neither possible nor reasonable to conduct a substantial debate about ‘suitable’, ‘necessary’, ‘proportionate’ or ‘far-sighted’ punishment in the judicial sense.

“In addition we see the danger that BVB’s rejection of the penalty or parts of it could be misinterpreted as a lack of insight from the club into the flagrant misbehaviour of some of the fans. That impression would be disastrous!

“At this point, however, we would like to express that we consider a collective punishment against 25,000 fans – of which the overwhelming majority can neither be accused of a deed or blamed – to be disproportionate.”

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