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# Bad Blood
Cologne pitch invaders wearing boiler suits clash with police and rival fans in Rhine derby
Amateur footage captures ugly scenes at yesterday’s Bundesliga match while Cologne have condemned the behaviour of those involved.

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FAN WEARING BOLIER suits invaded the pitch during Cologne’s derby clash at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Cologne have moved to condemn the behaviour of individual,s who invaded the pitch wearing boiler suits during their 1-0 derby defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

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Tens of fans donning the white outfits emerged from a section of the ground housing away supporters after Granit Xhaka had netted a stoppage winner for the hosts. Flares were also hurled onto the playing surface, before the offenders made their way from the pitch as police closed in.

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“Cologne will do everything in his power, as it has done in the past, to identify the perpetrators and sanction the groups involved,” read a statement.

“We also appeal to fans to distance themselves clearly from those that are extremely harmful to the club intentionally by their illegal behaviour.”

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Amateur video footage shows police, stewards and even some Borussia fans clashing with the pitch invaders.

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However, Gladbach’s managing director Stephan Schippers praised the overall behaviour of their fans.

“Kudos to Borussia supporters who stayed calm and did not have to be provoked by the events.”

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