BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund has banned three neo-Nazi supporters from attending matches across Germany for chanting right-wing slogans during Wednesday's Champions League game at Shakhtar Donetsk.
The dapd news agency says the men, who travelled with about 2,000 fans to Ukraine to watch the 2-2 draw, became violent against two mediators acting between the club and supporters. Dortmund police confirmed that charges of verbal abuse and grievous bodily harm have been brought against each of the three men, who were identified but not named. Their cases have been taken over by the state. An appeal for further information was made under the slogan, "No room for right-wing extremism."
Club managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke says the men's actions were "despicable and represent an absolute taboo." Dortmund previously declared "zero tolerance" for right-wing extremists.