1. FC Union’s guest appearance in the Europa League at Sporting Braga may cause repercussions for the Berliners.
During the match at Braga’s Estadio Municipal on Thursday night, pyrotechnics were set off several times by so-called supporters, despite extremely tight controls at the entrances. UEFA usually imposes fines for such infringements.
After Köpenickers lost 1-0, the fans had to stay in their stadium for another hour, and they weren’t even allowed to go to the toilet.
Plastic seat covers had been set on fire, and about 3,000 people were escorted out of the stadium in time to prevent smoke inhalation, Berliners who traveled with them said.
Fans have to endure on the plane
Because of the evacuation, 30 charter buses also previously drove to Porto airport, about 60 kilometers from Braga, where charter planes were due to bring around 1,500 fans back to Berlin from 6:05 a.m. on Friday.
Union had tried to get the planes to take off during the night, but it didn’t work. Around 3:00 the first Followers were asked to board the plane, but they still had to spend a few hours in the plane on the tarmac.
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