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Bayern Munich pyro display hits back at UEFA

Anyone who watched Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Arsenal last week will have noticed there were no Bayern fans at the Emirates Stadium. Prohibited from attending the game by UEFA, the Emirates was entirely full of Arsenal fans.

Fast forward to tonight, and Bayern ultras appear determined to make up for it, making full use of the second leg at the Allianz Arena to show off a huge pyro display. At the forefront of the Südkurve, there was also a message for UEFA, and perhaps the Arsenal fans as well – “We don't like you either. Exclude UEFA! Get out of our stadium!”

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The Südkurve was alive with pyro on Wednesday night. Photo by Icon Sport

Why were Bayern fans banned from the first leg at the Emirates?

Fans of the German side were prohibited from attending the first leg because of an incident in the previous round against Lazio.  Bayern supporters threw fireworks onto the pitch, which violates UEFA’s regulations.

In response to UEFA’s decision, Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dressen accepted the ruling. He said: “We have to accept this punishment. Not only were pyrotechnics set off, but also fired deliberately onto the field, directly endangering bystanders.”

“This was such an explicit violation of the conditions of probation that an appeal is unfortunately futile.”

“The fact we now have to play away without the support of our fans is a big blow. A small group of individual offenders have done a disservice to all our supporters and the team.”

This was not even the first time Bayern fans have broken UEFA rules this season. In October, fans of the German side set off fireworks in their away game at Copenhagen, resulting in a fine of €40,000 and another ban on away supporters. 

Photos and videos of the Bayern Munich pyro at the Allianz Arena

 


Jamie Barton

A freelance football writer and podcaster, Jamie has appeared on/in the BBC World Service, PA Media, Charlton Athletic FC and Empire of the Kop, among others. He's attended matches all around the world, from Tranmere to Tokyo, and once had his bus home from the 2022 Champions League final in Paris delayed by 28 hours.

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