German soccer fans give Nazi salute during Champions League match

Eintracht Frankfurt soccer club condemns gesture, says 'dissociates itself completely and utterly' from incident, underscores opposition to racism, antisemitism and discrimination

Dennis Bihler|
German soccer fans were seen on Tuesday giving a Nazi salute during a UEFA Champions League match in France.
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  • The incident took place during Eintracht Frankfurt's 1-0 win over Olympique de Marseille at the southern French side's Stade Vélodrome.
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    אוהדי פרנקפורט
    אוהדי פרנקפורט
    Eintracht Frankfurt fans
    (Photo: AFP)
    The German club didn't wait long and issued a formal condemnation following the fans' behavior.
    "Eintracht Frankfurt is committed to tolerance and diversity and has made its position very clear in the fight against racism, antisemitism and discrimination," the statement read.
    "The club dissociates itself completely and utterly from one isolated incident that occurred during the run-up to the UEFA Champions League match between Olympique de Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt, where a gesture resembling a Nazi salute was made."
    The leaders of Frankfurt's ultras organization also renounced the gesture.
    "We are ashamed of the behavior of those who saluted. They are not part of us, the club or our city," they said.
    This is the second antisemitic incident recorded during a UEFA Champions League match within a week. Last week, Italian fans were spotted giving a Nazi salute during Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) 2-1 win over Juventus at the Parc des Princes.
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    Lionel Messi getting off the bus in Israel
    Lionel Messi getting off the bus in Israel
    Lionel Messi getting off the bus in Israel
    (Photo: Radad Jbarah)
    The French champions landed in Israel on Tuesday and headed straight to the hotel in Haifa where several dozen fans were waiting for them. The Parisian outfit's players were rushed passed the crowd and will stay at the hotel until before the match.
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