Germany fined after soccer fans display neo-Nazi symbols
Germany fans celebrate during the Euro 2012 Group B match against Denmark in Lviv on June 17.
June 26th, 2012
09:19 AM ET

Germany fined after soccer fans display neo-Nazi symbols

European football's governing body fined Germany's national soccer body €25,000 ($31,000) Tuesday over what witnesses say was the display of neo-Nazi symbols by German fans at a Euro 2012 match.

The "improper conduct of supporters" occurred when Germany played Denmark in the Ukrainian city of Lviv on June 17, UEFA said.

The anti-discrimination organization FARE stated on its official Twitter page: "FARE can confirm that one of our observers reported a neo-Nazi banner in the German section at the match v. Denmark in Lviv on Sunday."

German newspaper Taz also highlighted the wearing of neo-Nazi symbols by fans.

After the game, UEFA said it was investigating "the setting-off of fireworks and the improper conduct of supporters (display of inappropriate banners and symbols, and inappropriate chanting)."

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  1. Philip

    Will anyone pls. read my 10:31 comment and make an inteligent reply. ty

    June 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uh, no

      You've had your "Oooo I'm so clever" moment, "I'll bet this post gets people's blood boiling and lots of replies will follow." Then, 3 ours and 29 minutes later, nothing. Following it up with your 2:00 comment is just embarrassing. Get over it man. You're just not that interesting.

      June 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    the fans who were dressed inappropiately and offensively should not have been allowed into the fines are good too...fine the arena or have future games reassigned elsewhere...loss of funds is a nice deterrent to the owners...

    June 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mirrorview

      You can't just say fine the owners. Of course the arena needs to police the stands. Why don't they stop play and detain the individuals. The use of video can confirm the person and the incident for legal prosecution. Fining the team means nothing those fees will be passed down to the consumer or advertisers.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • The Decline

      Yeah, how the hell did they even get in with a Nazi banner? I mean, c'mon....

      June 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    The banning of symbols and names is not unique among Europeans. In America, it is now politically incorrect to name a sport team for the indigenous American native. Soon the culture and history of American Indian, along with that of other histoical embarrassments will banished to footnotes in obscure textbooks.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Some groups just have a much thinner skin than others. I don't remember ever seeing Norwegians protesting at Minnesota Vikings games, or the Irish protesting Notre Dame.

      June 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • NGB22

      First nations people are a national embarrassment??? And why compare neo-nazis to native indians??

      June 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • InvenShun

      You do relize there are still native americans around right?

      June 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • tornado 171

      Hey Tony, Do you even know the reason Native American names are banned or do you just want to know just one side of the conjecture?

      June 27, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |

    Who is that man asking questions no one is supposed to ask questions about, must be a subversive, hippy commie or a terrorist sympathizer.
    Those camps are under a"Need to Know" security clamp, Co.gress voted to gund thembut whem asked about them they say " I dunno".
    I have a feeling that by the time one finds out what they are for, question of ones need to know status will be upgraded.
    When one finds signs stating "No Tresspassing" facing inwards from razor wired topped cyclone fences that surround you, you may well ask what country are you within, but a quick glance at outside and upon the guard towers will tell you that america no longer wants you.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Germany should be ashamed ...

      Is it a badge they wear with honor?

      BOYCOTT EURO 2012...

      You better, you better, you bet!

      Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road,

      June 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hello, Hope...
      The Who and Sir Elton in the same post?
      Well done! 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Yeah... Imagine that.

      Wanna remember the good ol' days, listen to Sting. CNN, obviously, have no interest in artistry and is afraid to share what few posters they have with you-tube. Grass IS greener.

      Good Luck, banasy;

      June 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Let me know where you go.
      I'm looking for greener pastures myself.

      June 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      I feel like I've done so much... and like George (the turtle) I've come to know life's too short to spend on miracles.

      Glory be to Jehovah forever and ever,

      June 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    In America on public ground if someone were to whip out a swasticka emblazoned on a flag we do have free speech unfortunatly for those who would oppose such a display of hatred.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It sure is, but if it incites a riot, well, that's a whole horse of a different color.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |

    It was a brigjt cold day in "June",and the clocks were striking thirteen.................

    June 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      June 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wheels

    why did the team get fined? they have no control over what the fans do. what uefa should do is just have the fans ejected and then if uefa wants to, fine them.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anna

    The swastika has only recently (last century) come to 'mean' hate and racial bigotry. The symbol's ancient. Also, can anyone explain to me why white feminists are responsible for all that mayhem amongst blacks? Cause of competing with black men for jobs?

    June 27, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anna

    What are u copying that hogwash from, andre? If you're going to allow your ignorance and misplaced blame/hate to poison people's pure hearts, you need to make sure that's the intent or pat your own back. I'm as close to being what i hate as ever now. TY

    June 27, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. The cleaver

    @@@phillip what about when we allowed the Russian army to go into Berlin first and rape and murder innocent men women and children how is that for a response or did you forget about those innocent ones that did not deserve such monstrous treatment but yours is an attempt to manipulate our minds

    June 27, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    What a disgrace. I live in Germany and this just makes the country look like nothing has changed – I bet they were just a bunch of redneck germans (or PROLLS as we call them) from a small town wanting to start fights etc. Football fans are the dumbest people on earth. Just DIE!

    June 27, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carl

    seems to be alot of this kind of behaviour going on, and so right that they should be fined. Its about time some people grew up and took responsibility for there own actions.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Is that right?

    Nazi people are boring they only have racism to hang on to

    June 28, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Man=Flawed

    Agreed "Is that right"

    June 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
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