No Place to Send Them

Posted by John Rosenthal

In its edition of 12 April, the Berlin weekly Jungle World reports about a soccer match in Hamburg earlier this month between FC St Pauli and the Chemnitz FC.

During the match Chemnitz supporters chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans such as "Galatasary, we hate Turkey" or "We’re building a subway from St. Pauli to Auschwitz"…. The head of security for FC St. Pauli spoke of "60 to 70 right-wing radicals". He says he was himself called a "Jewish pig" by fans in the Chemnitz rooting section.


Galatasaray is Turkey’s most famous soccer team. The chant "Galatasaray, we hate Turkey" (which rhymes in German) was seemingly in honor of the large number of Hamburg residents who are of Turkish origins. As touched upon in "A Grim Record (Racist Violence in Brandenburg)", it is standard practice for German authorities to classify racist groups or the perpetrators of racist violence as "right-wing".


The incidents at the St. Pauli-Chemnitz match follow another incident at a match in Halle in early March, during which Ade Ogungbure, an African player on the Sachsen Leipzig squad, was serenaded by chants of "Uh, uh, uh" – supposed to resemble the grunting of an ape – whenever he touched the ball.


As discussed in "No Place to Go", German passport law permits German authorities to prevent German citizens from traveling abroad. Such provisions have sometimes been used to prevent German "hooligans" — the borrowed British term undoubtedly does not do justice to the specificity of the neo-Nazi currents among German soccer fandom — from attending matches in other countries. But what will one do with the same during the World Cup that begins in Germany in less than two months? Require them to go abroad?

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