Borussia Dortmund supporters are set to proceed their protests in opposition to RB Leipzig when the golf equipment meet on the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.
In February, there have been outbreaks of violence earlier than the sport between the 2 sides in Dortmund, with visiting followers attacked. Ten Leipzig supporters and 4 law enforcement officials had been injured.
Dortmund police have instructed “hooligans and criminals” that they are going to make “big efforts” to guard away followers from “harassment and assaults.”
However supporter alliance Sudtribune Dortmund stated they might voice their opposition to RB Leipzig, who’re funded by gentle drink producer Purple Bull and have been the goal of protests from followers of a number of different golf equipment.
“[Red Bull owner] Dietrich Mateschitz’s mission is to be scorned as a lot in the present day because it was again then,” a press release on the Sudtribune Dortmund web site stated, accusing Purple Bull of utilizing soccer as a advertising platform.
The organisation has referred to as for a march to the Westfalenstadion to point out that “for no cash on the planet can you purchase fanaticism, loyalty and a free and mature fan tradition.”
Dortmund police stated they might be stepping up safety for the night match.
An announcement stated there can be a low threshold for police motion, with greater than double the quantity of officers on obligation than had been the case for February’s match.
“On Saturday, our idea is clearly geared to guard Leipzig and Dortmund supporters from being harassed and attacked by hooligans and criminals, who don’t deserve the title ‘fan,'” Dortmund police president Gregor Lange stated.
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @uersfeld.