The German Bundesliga club 1. FC Union Berlin has been suspended by the European Football Association (UEFA) for racist behavior by fans with a partial suspension of the Conference League home game against Feyenoord Rotterdam on Thursday. After the investigation by an ethics and disciplinary inspector into the incidents during the Conference League game between Union and Maccabi Haifa in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, blocks 13 and 14 will be blocked.
In the 3-0 win against Haifa on September 30, there were reports from eyewitnesses and those affected in a fan block to insults and attacks against supporters of the opponent. As a result, UEFA started an investigation. The state security of the Berlin State Criminal Police Office is also investigating several people on suspicion of sedition. A first perpetrator had already been identified at the beginning of October, and an expulsion process from the association was initiated.
In addition to the partial closure, the Berlin club was instructed to put up a banner with the words “#NoToRacism” and the UEFA logo in the closed blocks for the upcoming home game.