Troubled Dresden ban own fans from away games
Second-division German side Dynamo Dresden have taken the unusual step of banning their own fans for the next three away matches after supporters rioted at a match last Friday.
Supporters of relegation-threatened Dynamo landed the club in hot water again with the German Football Association (DFB) when they clashed with police and set off flares during their team's 3-0 defeat at Kaiserslautern on Friday.
Dresden fans rioted in Kaiserslautern town centre before the game, causing an estimated 70,000 euros (US$94,142) worth of damage, having also caused trouble in Hanover last October before a cup game.
Dynamo's self-imposed ban for the next three away games will include next month's trip to second division leaders Eintracht Braunschweig.
"We wanted to set an example. This penalty should bring the rioters around. There have been problems at every away game," Dresden's CEO Christian Mueller told SID, an AFP subsidiary, after a four-hour emergency meeting.
The DFB have already banned Dynamo from next year's German Cup, which Dresden are appealing, after their fans rioted in Hanover during last October's second-round defeat.
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