Club Brugge hooligans attacked Cercle Brugge supporters on Sunday after the derby. They bombarded the chip shop where some members of the green-black hard core were eating with Bengali fire.
These were sad images of the raid on the chip shop in Sint-Michiels, a few hours after the Bruges derby between Club and Cercle had ended. Five men were arrested immediately after the facts, although there were twenty perpetrators.
One of the five was immediately released because he only happened to be in the area. The four others, all between 25 and 37 years old, will be brought before the investigating judge. The violence took place in the context of the match, but can the clubs do anything about it?
The football law does not apply to the facts, because they took place about seven kilometers from the stadium. According to the police, the clubs themselves could not do anything about this and are therefore not blamed for anything.
“We had a coordination meeting and consultation with the various safety people. A combination arrangement was not possible because it was a city derby and both teams play football in the same stadium, but Cercle has organized a closed fan zone for their supporters,” Leen Depoorter of the Bruges police told Het Laatste Nieuws.
A stadium ban imposed by the club is also not a possibility, despite the new safety plan for the Jupiler Pro League. “However, this procedure can only be initiated in the event of infringements in the stadium because this is private property and the clubs can enforce their internal rules of procedure there. Outside the stadium, in the public domain, the police obviously have jurisdiction,” the Pro League said.