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Frankfurt Regional Court: Hooligans may be prohibited from traveling to games abroad


Violent football fans have to accept that they are not allowed to go to games abroad. The condition is that they have repeatedly committed crimes.

Hooligans may be prohibited from leaving for a football match abroad. This was decided by the Frankfurt district court. The Federal Republic of Germany has the right to refuse a German fan the exit if he has committed in the past in football matches significant violent offenses.

Specifically, it was about a man who belongs to the fan scene of the SV Waldhof Mannheim and who had sued against an exit ban. The hooligan had repeatedly committed crimes at football matches between 2015 and 2017 and had been convicted. These include, according to the court property damage partly with brute force and dangerous bodily injury. In addition, the man had committed a breach of the peace in a game in Austria between Eintracht Frankfurt and Leeds United.

A breach of the peace is what happens when a person systematically disturbs and hinders public peace, such as at meetings.

In November 2018, the hooligan wanted to fly from the airport Frankfurt to Cyprus to watch a Euroleague game of concord against Apollo. He had been stopped at the departure, federal officials had issued a so-called exit ban against him.

Hooligan demanded damages and compensation

The man complained against it and demanded from the Federal Republic of Germany a compensation of almost 300 euros. Moreover, he wanted 350 euros in compensation. However, the chamber responsible for state liability matters of the Frankfurt district court regarded these claims as unjustified and dismissed the claim.

The court ruled that the exit ban was lawful. Among other things, a German could be refused entry to foreign countries if this would jeopardize the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany. Violent offenses committed by German citizens at events abroad affected German interests.

The plaintiff had the reasonable risk that he could have committed acts of violence in the football match of Eintracht Frankfurt in Cyprus. He could have caused serious damage to the reputation of the Federal Republic, said the court. An appeal has been lodged against the judgment at the Frankfurt am Main Higher Regional Court.

Source: zeit

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