DFB Federal Court hears appeal by 1. FC Köln

Football : DFB Federal Court negotiated appeal of 1. FC Köln

More than 1,000 spectators stormed onto the pitch after it was confirmed that 1. FC Köln had qualified for a UEFA club competition. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa (Photo: dpa)

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Frankfurt/Main (dpa) – On September 1 (1:00 p.m.) the DFB Federal Court will hear 1. FC Köln ‘s appeal on a verdict on incidents by spectators in the Bundesliga game against VfL Wolfsburg on May 7.

As the German Football Association announced, the DFB sports court had sentenced Cologne to pay a fine of 36,000 euros. In the home game against Wolfsburg, Cologne supporters had ignited 21 pyros by the time the final whistle went off. More than 1,000 Cologne spectators then stormed onto the pitch after it was established that the team had qualified for a UEFA club competition. At least four more pyros were burned. “We are deliberately negotiating this case verbally because the focus here is on the issue of storming the pitch and the judgment could also have fundamental significance for other clubs,” explained judge Achim Späth, who was responsible for the appeal hearing.

About the appeals of 1. FC Köln against three other judgments of the DFB sports court because of spectator incidents during the games at 1. FC Union Berlin on April 1st (€60,000 fine), against FSV Mainz 05 on April 9th (€18,000) and at VfB Stuttgart on May 14 (117,200 euros), according to information from its chairman, the DFB Federal Court will decide in written proceedings at a later date, the DFB further announced.

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