Club | 21/05/2019

Statement from 1. FC Köln

Unacceptable incidents in Magdeburg

1. FC Köln has made a statement on the incidents surrounding the game in Magdeburg on Sunday. FC await a follow-up on the behaviour of the stewards.

1. FC Köln condemns the events in and around the stadium in Magdeburg in the strongest possible terms. In the 1. FC Köln fanblock, a few FC fans went massively over the line. That pyrotechnic should never leave the hand is a commitment from the Ultra scenes and which we expressly refer to at this point. This was broken multiple times on Sunday. Before the game, a flare was thrown in the direction of the pitch and players. In the second half, pyrotechnic objects were thrown from the fan blocks of both sides to the other. This is unacceptable - regardless of who started.

As 1. FC Köln, we can only speak for ourselves. Therefore, we appeal to our own fans and members to respect the values of the club and to denounce such misconduct without any ifs or buts. The "Our Fans" theme in the FC Charter states: "We are committed to a vibrant, humorous, respectful, open, honest, peaceful and passionate fan culture. We do not tolerate any behaviour that causes damage to our club." A small group discredited FC and the majority of the FC fans, who supported our team peacefully in Magdeburg. The structural and safety deficiencies in Magdeburg must not be an excuse for violence.

Nevertheless, especially the Magdeburg stewards in and around the away block must be critically questioned. Even when hooded Magdeburgers appeared on the edge of the block, the stewards needed to intervene. In addition, we have received a number of complaints and eyewitness reports about the behaviour of individual Magdeburg stewards that leave us stunned. FC fans were apparently brutally attacked without reason and injured in one case. For this, we expect a follow-up from 1. FC Magdeburg. In contrast, the police have calmed down the situation with their prudent intervention in the guest block.

In addition, FC have repeatedly had reports that FC fans were, both on Saturday night and on match day in Magdeburg, asked to take off their club colours. Both clubs had to warn in advance, in official communications, that staff, officials and fans of the visiting club should expressly not move around the city of the host club in visiting colours. We think that is fatal.

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