The Europa League match between Rapid and Slovan Bratislava will have an aftermath for some fans. While the visitors attracted negative attention with right-wing extremist slogans and gestures, a homophobic poster in the Rapid sector overshadowed the 4-0 home win.
Vienna – Rapid Wien made it to the next round of Europa League qualifying on Thursday after 90 minutes plus injury time. The Viennese law enforcement authorities will keep the match against Slovan Bratislava busy for much longer after the riots of Slovak fans. A police woman broke her shin, police spokeswoman Irina Steirer said on Friday.
A man was arrested around 6.45 p.m., shortly after Slovan Bratislava’s supporters had gathered in Oberlaa to travel together to the Allianz Stadium in Hütteldorf. According to Steirer, it was an administrative offence for aggressive behaviour.
600 fans did not arrive at the stadium in the first place
Up to 600 Slovak football fans never arrived at Rapid’s home. They had ripped open a door in a U4 train near Schönbrunn station and, according to unconfirmed rumours, also pulled the emergency brake. Eyewitnesses reported that the Slovaks thought the intervening police with chants a la “racist – fascist – hooligan”. In the midst of the followers there was a lead singer of the leading Austria-Vienna fan group “Fanatics”.
The policemen fetched the people from the train and smuggled them over the tracks and the Schönbrunn station onto the street to continue on foot to Hütteldorf. The Slovak fans subsequently committed numerous violations of administrative law and the Pyrotechnics Act. In the course of these clashes, two policewomen were injured. The second officer was apparently contaminated with pepper spray.
After the Slovakian supporters had looted a petrol station shop and stolen goods worth several hundred euros, the police put an end to the march in Linzer Straße – corner of Ameisgasse. According to Steirer, the officials established the identity of a total of 480 people. So far there has been a complaint under criminal law. However, it can be assumed that this number will rise significantly.
After the end of the hours of action, the fans were directed back to Oberlaa. First on foot, the Wiener Linien did not want to transport the Slovan trailers anymore. That would have been a 17 kilometre long march. On the left Wienzeile they were picked up by buses organised by the Vienna police and brought back to Oberlaa. Sparkle Slots Casino‘s player gets a fantastic welcome bonus.
Austria trailers with the party
Journalist Michael Bonvalot also received a photo of fans of FC Brno who were friends with Slovan-Bratislava and Austria-Vienna fans as they approached the stadium. They posed with a banner with the inscription “Hooligans Brno”, while on the far left of the photo one of the fans shows the Hitler salute.
The stadium was also controversial, even if there were no riots. In the Rapid sector there was a banner showing half the coats of arms of Slovan Bratislava and half the coats of arms of Austria Vienna. The text “We hate Homos” could be read.
Bonvalot did not fully understand the police’s strategy: “If Slovan’s fans had travelled by train from Bratislava to Hütteldorf, the underground network would not have been paralyzed”. However, a special train had been rejected in advance. Otherwise: “There have been the expected extreme right-wing provocations from Slovan fans, reinforced by right-wing fans from the supporters of Austria Wien and FC Brno. Bonvalot pointed to the Hitler salute of the Brno fans and also to the slogans in the U4 train.
“Conversely, Rapid also has to think about something if a homophobic banner hangs near the leading fan group,” said the journalist. And Austria must also think about it: “The connections to the right-wing extremist appendix of Slovan Bratislava now run through the leading fan club Fanatics and no longer through the excluded fan club Unsterblich.
Austria CEO Markus Kraetschmer said in response to an APA inquiry on Friday afternoon: “We don’t have anything yet. But if there are facts in the form of pictures or video material, or a police report is available, then we will take that as an opportunity to turn that off.”