The Frankfurt fans drew attention to themselves by storming the pitch after the team reached the final, by throwing bangalos in the block and by removing the UEFA banners before the final. Eintracht is facing fines for this.
Eintracht Frankfurt had beaten West Ham United 1:0 to book their place in the Europa League final. The supporters were already behind the advertising boards before the final whistle, and afterwards they rushed onto the pitch en masse to celebrate the great success together with the team.
And UEFA is doing its homework bit by bit. The punishments of PAOK Athens and Olympique Lyon are already known, who, following incidents around their Conference and Europa League matches, will forego part of the crowd for the next home match they host.
Will Eintracht have to play their historic first Champions League match in their own stadium in front of partially closed stands? Reschke is hoping for leniency from UEFA’s law enforcers: “Fortunately, we weren’t the only club to have had a storm in the stands. That also has to do with the euphoria of the fans after two years of Corona. After all, this affects all clubs, right across the continent.”
Eintracht board admits: “Pictures that have their price”.
He said the talks with UEFA were now also about setting “the standards for the future”. “Those were special pictures, of course, but they also have their price,” Reschke knew.
Turmoil on the pitch, Bengalos in great quantities and also the removal of the UEFA banner (in protest because the stewards had removed part of the choreography as it went beyond the blocks allotted to Eintracht) in the final – a lot happened in Frankfurt’s knockout phase.
And the club is not a clean slate. As a reminder: For throwing firecrackers at the home match against Royal Antwerp on 25 November 2021, UEFA imposed a two-year suspended block ban on the lower tier of the home area. In autumn 2019, the supporters’ blocks were already suspended for the two away matches in Liège and London after riots.
Preventing a storm on the pitch in Frankfurt? “Fans were driven by emotions”
Shouldn’t the announcements in the stadium have been much harsher after reaching the final? No!
At least that’s what Philipp Reschke said: “The fans were driven down by emotion. If they had told us in that eruptive moment that a ground ban was imminent, nobody would have listened. The UEFA jurisdiction’s fall axe is certainly not an argument in such a moment.”
A verdict is still pending. But a partial exclusion of the audience would not be a surprise in view of the incidents – emotions or not.