TSG Hoffenheim punished with heavy fine

Due to the large-scale use of pyrotechnics during the Bundesliga home game against VfB Stuttgart on 16 March this year (3-0 defeat), TSG Hoffenheim have been fined €212,000 by the sports court of the German Football Association (DFB). The club may put a third of the sum towards appropriate infrastructure projects. In a statement, the TSG management condemned the conduct of the persons responsible and announced that there would be consequences.

The TSG Hoffenheim management already sought direct dialogue with the fans responsible after the severe incident at the home game against VfB Stuttgart and clearly expressed TSG's attitude and position.

"We strictly reject any use of pyrotechnics. Anyone who does this is acting negligently, endangering other people and damaging our club massively. We do not tolerate incidents of this kind at our stadium. We've already repeatedly made this clear to our supporters in many talks in the past," said TSG Managing Director Jan Mayer.

TSG Hoffenheim accept the fine and will use the €70,000 that the club is allowed to invest in improving security at the PreZero Arena to buy even more efficient camera systems. "We've taken note of the fact that there were no additional incidents of this kind at our subsequent home games. The safety of the spectators at the PreZero Arena is our top priority. We will not stop working with determination on several levels to make sure this does not happen again," concluded Mayer.

Hoffenheim fans set off a large number of pyrotechnic objects before and during the Bundesliga match against VfB Stuttgart on 16 March 2024. Due to the resulting heavy layer of smoke, kick-off in the match had to be delayed.

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