Suddenly 15 policemen and paramedics stood on the sports field in Monumentenstraße in Tempelhof-Schöneberg. The police recorded punches and kung-fu kicks, the paramedics supplied lacerations. The final whistle of the game FC International vs. Anadoluspor in the Football District League had long since faded, the turmoil between Inter and Anadoluspor members broke out after the game ended. The police finally put an end to it, it was Sunday, April 14th.
The whole thing landed in front of the sports court of the Berlin Football Association (BFV), now is the verdict. A hearty judgment. The court closed two players from Anadoluspor for one year each. Twelve months game break – a sign of how brutal kicks and punches were. The verdict was written. The trial had taken three hours, too long to hear all the invited witnesses. A verdict was not spoken that evening.
Witnesses accuse the accused players
But the witnesses who gave their testimony were in agreement: the most violent violence was committed by two Anadoluspor players. A third player was acquitted, he was probably confused. Instead, a lawsuit was launched against another Anadoluspor player.
Gerd Thomas, the chairman of Inter, witnessed the dispute. According to him, after an emotional game that ended without a red card, an Inter player and the Anadoluspor captain were entertaining. "That was true to the motto: All right, everything ticked off, we get along again," says Thomas. When an anadolu player wanted to get involved, the inter-actor said, "Let's talk about it among men." Suddenly, however, this interplayer got a ball in the face. Who threw it, no one could say. Then the turmoil started. Even spectators had interfered well.
Yusuf Gedik, chairman of Anadoluspor, told the Tagesspiegel that he would only accept one of the two sentences. A player of his club had denied everything, but based on statements of other club members was clear to him that the player had beaten. Gedik himself had not been to the game, "but I let the story tell me about the boys".
The club chief condemns violence and accepts a sentence
The verdict against the second player of his club but he wants to appeal in any case and therefore appeal. This player had told him that he had beaten, but only after he himself had been attacked. He had only resisted with it. The first blow in this tumult was based on the brother of an inter-player.
The verdict against the third player of Anadoluspor, against which a case has been initiated, he wants to accept in any case. "He earned the sentence of the sports court, he has beaten." Gedik feels it but "funny that in such a dispute only one side is charged. To a quarrel belong two. "Anadoluspor but actually have a good relationship.
"We have some guys who are difficult"
Of course, he does not understand, "that after a game that went out 3: 0, something like that happened." He is completely against violence, "that can not be done, you do not". He thinks of the image of his club, which he has led for five years as chairman, he is afraid that this image is significantly scratched by such an incident. "We are not," he says. He's worked very hard for years, that the club has an acceptable image, and then something like that. "We have some boys, they are difficult, we do not have the healthiest boys, it's hard to work with the boys," he admits. "But violence does not work." He wants to take action now. And the sentence should be a kind of teaching. "Maybe a few have to bleed so you can see that violence in the square has no business. I throw out a few candidates. "
Association leader welcomes tough line in judgments
Bernd Schultz, president of the Berlin Football Association (BFV), can not comment on what happened at Inter's game because he does not know the case. But he generally says something about punishment and violence on the court. "For adults, we are no longer investing in anti-violence training. Anyone who has not realized at that age that violence on football pitches has no place to go can no longer be helped. He has to reckon with longer barriers until the game is eliminated. "There is zero tolerance if the evidence is clear.
The sports court has been reacting hard for some time. "That has quite a signal effect." For four, five years give this harder line. "Before there were sports court procedures and judgments," says Schultz. But not always the whole penalty had been exhausted. "There was a milder judgment." These times are over now.