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Why banned Eintracht Frankfurt fans watched Aberdeen defeat from hill opposite Pittodrie

Eintracht Frankfurt fans resorted to drastic measures after they were banned from attending their club's UEFA Europa Conference League Matchday 6 fixture against Aberdeen in Scotland on Thursday.

The travelling German supporters were filmed standing atop a hill opposite Aberdeen's famous Pittodrie Stadium.

Those inside the stadium were cold enough in northern Scotland, we can only imagine how numb the fingers and toes of those Eintracht fans must have been by full-time.

Aberdeen continued a remarkble streak of success at home against Bundesliga sides dating back to 1972 when they defeated Eintracht 2-0.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans banned from attending fixture at Aberdeen leaving an empty away end at Pittodrie
View of the empty visitors' block at Pittodrie Photo: Arne Dedert/dpa/Icon Sport

Why were Eintracht Frankfurt fans banned at Aberdeen?

After lighting fireworks and throwing objects during a 9 November group stage game away to HJK Helsinki, Eintracht Frankfurt fans were banned from attending the next away fixture at Aberdeen. The club was also fined £26,200 by UEFA.

There were, however, many Eintracht fans in Aberdeen on matchday. First of all, 200 were still allowed inside the stadium, those given VIP tickets by UEFA, which is mandatory even with stadium bans in place.

Furthermore, with no long history of European competition, Eintracht Frankfurt fans are keen to make the most of their time in the competition and so travelled over ticketless to enjoy the experience.

What did the Eintracht Frankfurt fans do in Aberdeen?

After being banned from attending the UEFA Europa Conference League fixture, Eintracht fans found a hill opposite Pittodrie Stadium and watched the game from there, supporting their team while they did so. Unfortunately their side didn't respond to the incredible dedication, instead falling to a 2-0 defeat.

Watch: Banned Eintracht Frankfurt fans watch Aberdeen defeat on hill


Harry Robinson

A freelance writer and broadcaster, Harry has worked for or featured in/on Manchester United, FourFourTwo, The Independent, The Manchester Mill, UEFA, United We Stand and many others. He's the author of The Men Who Made Manchester United and hosts the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. A Stretford End season ticket holder, Harry travels around Europe to watch his team.

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