Following a January 2018 game against Hertha Berlin, Union Berlin was found guilty of five offences relating to antisemitic behaviour by fans at a Bundesliga match. As a result, the club has been fined €100,000, was suspended from six matches and will now only play a match at home.
Hertha Berlin’s CEO Hanno Grazinyte told NDR that the club had enjoyed “many friendly and historic games against Union Berlin but … Union Berlin is increasingly discriminating against our club and its players.”
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UEFA’s racist behaviour policy states that any “following failure to implement the Club’s remedies and/or behaviour not matching the strictures of Article 5 may lead to a considerable increase in fine.” The fine and suspension aren’t a punishment, they’re the actual punishment.
No football club should be penalized for behavior that ranges from the pale remit of the charge levied against Union Berlin to overtly discriminatory behavior.