Status: 30.11.2023, 22:12 p.m.
By: Melanie Gottschalk
An Eintracht Frankfurt fan had to receive medical attention during the Conference League match against PAOK Thessaloniki. Shortly afterwards, the all-clear was given.
Update from Thursday, November 30, 22:05 p.m.: During the first half of the Conference League match between Eintracht Frankfurt and PAOK Thessaloniki, the fans stopped supporting for a few minutes. However, this had nothing to do with a confrontation with the police.
Instead, a fan in Block 42 had to receive medical attention, several paramedics could be seen in the stands. Via X, however, the club gave the all-clear shortly afterwards. "The person is responsive and has now been taken away. We wish you all the best and a speedy recovery," the SBU wrote.
Otherwise, there was nothing to be noticed in terms of atmosphere from last weekend, the spectators loudly supported their club until the incident.
An Eintracht Frankfurt fan had to receive medical treatment during the match against PAOK Thessaloniki. © eu-images / Imago
Eintracht Frankfurt in the Conference League against PAOK: No boycott of the atmosphere
Update from Thursday, November 30, 13:34 p.m.: What reaction will the fans show on Thursday evening at the Conference League match against PAOK Thessaloniki? Many people are probably asking themselves this question. After the escalation on Saturday (25 November), a large part of the supporters had initially left the standing block, then gradually came back – but remained silent. It is not yet known whether the fans of Eintracht Frankfurt will show a similar reaction today, Thursday, or whether they will support their team loudly as usual.
First reported on Thursday, November 30, 10:13 a.m.: Frankfurt – The process of coming to terms with the events of last Saturday is far from complete. Before the match between Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart, there had been serious clashes between SGE fans and the police, according to official figures, more than 200 people were injured. Is there a threat of another escalation in the Conference League against PAOK Thessaloniki?
Dino Toppmöller hopes for a "peaceful atmosphere"
"We will keep a very close eye on the involvement of those involved," Eintracht board member Philipp Reschke warned dpa ahead of his club's home game on Thursday. According to Reschke, everyone bears the responsibility for "a safe, peaceful and, above all, successful evening of football."
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Coach Dino Toppmöller also appeals to the fans of both clubs: "We want a peaceful atmosphere," he warns and at the same time calls for de-escalation. "We all want the support of our viewers. And then we want to repay it with a good performance."
Before the match against VfB Stuttgart, there were serious riots between Eintracht fans and the police. © Arne Dedert/dpa
Police want to pursue "restrained deployment concept" at Eintracht game on Thursday
However, since the descriptions of those involved in the riots differ widely, fans and authorities have been reproaching each other again and again since then. The police action in particular is currently being questioned by many Eintracht supporters.
The police want to "pursue a restrained operational concept" in the match against the team from Greece and rely on communication and de-escalation. "There are currently no indications of a special rivalry between the two fan camps or planned disruptions," the police said in a statement.
Emotions guaranteed at Eintracht Frankfurt against PAOK
Police chief Stefan Müller also made another appeal to everyone: "Tomorrow, sport must be in the foreground. After the events of last Saturday, everyone involved, whether we as police, organisers or fans, must be aware of their special responsibility for a safe and peaceful European evening. We will make our important contribution to this by approaching the game with confidence and the necessary composure," he is quoted as saying in the press release.
Emotionally, the game will certainly be one way or the other. In the first leg, Eintracht Frankfurt lost 1-2 at PAOK Thesaloniki, with Kevin Trapp shown a red card at the end of the game. "I think it's already in the back of my mind what happened. It's important to go into the game with a good emotion and a cool head," said coach Dino Toppmöller before the game. With the fans behind them, the SBU is hoping for a better outcome in their home stadium. (msb)