German police say many injured in violence after Dresden game

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Police in the German city of Dresden said Monday that 185 of their officers were injured in clashes with fans celebrating the promotion of third-tier soccer club Dynamo Dresden.

Large numbers of fans gathered near Dynamo’s stadium on Sunday as the side won 4-0 against Türkgücü Munich to secure promotion to the Second Division for next season. When it became clear that Dynamo was going to win, the fans began to confront the police and throw projectiles.

Police said 185 officers were injured, mostly after being hit by bottles, pyrotechnics or rocks. Of these, 11 were hospitalized and six remained in hospital on Monday afternoon. Police are investigating offenses including assaults on public officials causing bodily harm and the use of pyrotechnics, as well as 103 breaches of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Police said they arrested and then released 40 men aged between 18 and 69.

The local fire department declared a mass casualty incident due to the violence and provided medical treatment to 44 people, most of whom were hospitalized, news agency dpa reported.

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