Wait… Groningen and where?
Seven suspects will have to face a Dutch court today for taking part in a massive brawl between FC Groningen hooligans and DSC Arminia Bielefeld hooligans on September 5, 2020 in the Grote Kromme Elleboog and the Turftorenstraat. The announcement comes from the Dutch public prosecution service, the Openbaar Ministerie. As reported by the GIC.
Of the approximately forty suspects that were involved in the violence, nineteen have been identified by the Dutch and German police: ten Dutch hooligans and nine German hooligans. The first five Dutch suspects will appear in court in Groningen on Friday.
German suspects sentenced in Germany
The German suspects have now been tried in Germany. The convictions range from community service, thousands of euros in fines and an unconditional prison sentence of ten months.
Dutch suspects headed for a similar fate
So five of the ten Dutch suspects will be on trial tomorrow. Two others have to appear in court at a different time because their defense has been prevented.
The case against three Dutch suspects has been dropped due to insufficient evidence.
‘Nothing to do with club love’
Shocking images of the massive fight between the hooligans in the Grote Kromme Elleboog and the Turftorenstraat went viral on social media. “What happened on September 5, 2020 has nothing to do with club love,” said the public prosecutor.
Photo (of British football fans with no relation to this specific story) by Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez on Unsplash
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