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Borussia Dortmund to shut stand following hooligan attacks

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Borussia Dortmund’s South Stand on February 8, 2017 after a match against Hertha Berlin © AFP/File / SASCHA SCHUERMANN

BERLIN, Germany, Feb 13 – Borussia Dortmund will close their iconic south stand for this weekend’s home Bundesliga match, having on Monday accepted the German FA’s sanctions after hooligans attacked visiting fans a week ago.

The south stand, known as the ‘Gelbe Wand’ (Yellow Wall), holds 25,000 supporters at Borussia’s 80,000-capacity Signal Iduna Park stadium and will be closed for Saturday’s home league match against Wolfsburg.

Dortmund had until noon (1100 GMT) on Monday to accept the punishment handed out by the German Football Association (DFB) last Friday to close the stand and fine the club 100,000 euros ($106,379).

“After weighing up the arguments, Borussia Dortmund has decided to accept the DFB’s penalty and the drastic punishment of closing the entire south stand for the Wolfsburg match,” said Borussia in a statement.

“We are also currently preparing measures and sanctions against the perpetrators as a consequence of the incidents and will present the results in the coming weeks.”

The heavy sanction has been handed out after hooligans threw stones and bottles at visiting RB Leipzig fans, including families with children, before a Bundesliga match on February 4.

Police made 28 arrests, four officers were injured and 10 Leipzig supporters were hospitalised for treatment due to the violence before kick-off.

During the game, some 60 banners bearing anti-RB Leipzig slogans, many of which were offensive, were held up by Dortmund fans in the south stand.

Dortmund bosses have apologised to their RB Leipzig counterparts.

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