Rostock, Essen fined over fan violence

May 3, 2007

BERLIN, May 3 (Reuters) - German second division clubs Hansa Rostock and Rot-Weiss Essen have been fined over stadium violence involving Rostock fans in Essen on Monday.

Rostock were fined €100,000 by the German Soccer Association on Thursday and Essen 30,000. Rostock will also be forced to close the standing areas for their home match against Koblenz on May 6, the DFB said.

The eastern German club would lose about €200,000 in ticket revenue as a result, according to German sports news agency SID. Both clubs had accepted the ruling, the DFB said.

Fourteen people were injured and several detained by police after the trouble began early in the second half.

Fans in the Rostock section of the ground set fire to the terraces and a flag, causing panic. Play was interrupted for about 15 minutes when police moved in to restore order. The match finished 0-0.

Rostock, second in the standings and close to winning promotion to the Bundesliga with three weeks of the season left, have had other problems with their fans this season.

Schalke 04's Germany striker Gerald Asamoah, who emigrated to the country from Ghana as a child, was racially taunted during a German Cup match in September against Rostock's regional team who were fined €20,000.