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July 9, 2013 10:32 am

Maccabi Tel Aviv Match Cancelled in Germany Amid Security Fears

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Inferno fans at an Energie Cottbus match. Photo: Facebook.

Police in Austria this weekend cancelled a soccer match between Germany’s Energie Cottbus and Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv due to security fears, Der Spiegel’s website reported Tuesday.

The decision was taken last Saturday when police in the Alpine town of Angerberg in the Tyrol region of Austria were  tipped-off to the fact that dozens of far-right supporters of Cottbus, including members of Inferno, a fan club banned last month for showing “anti-Semitism signs,” planned to attend the match.

In June, Cottbus banned Inferno from home and away matches and declared in a statement: “FC Energie won’t hesitate to protect its reputation and its values with all means at its disposal.”

Inferno is regarded as one of the most extreme far-right groups in Germany’s soccer scene.  At an away match in 2012, they held up letters forming the Nazi greeting “Sieg Heil.”

According to Der Spiegel’s website, Cottbus banned the group after members spelled out “Juden DD” in adhesive tape on a plexiglass screen at an away match versus Dynamo Dresden. “Juden” is German for “Jews.”

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