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DFB investigates Hansa Rostock after fish fly in Jena

Eat them up, yum!

FC Carl Zeiss Jena v SC Preussen Muenster - 3. Liga Photo by Karina Hessland-Wissel/Bongarts/Getty Images

The DFB has launched an official investigation after fish were flying at a 3. Liga match between Hansa Rostock and Carl Zeiss Jena this past Saturday. Fans of the Hanseatic city Rostock, which is situated on the Baltic Sea, smuggled some local fare into the park in landlocked Thuringia.

Rostock lost 0-1 to the hosts, but their fans won the Internet with a show of marine bravado. In Germany, there is a well-known hooligan battle cry: “We brought something for you! Hate, hate, hate!” At the hour mark, Rostock’s fans suddenly shouted out an amusing twist on the theme:

We brought something for you! Fish, fish, FISH!

And fish flew:

Scheiß Spiel, aber super Support heute in Jena. ....und es gab Fisch, Fisch, Fisch! AHU!

Posted by Mitfahrgelegenheiten für Hansafans on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Jena, both club and fans, took the gesture with all the gravity it likely deserves. Carl Zeiss Jena reacted with bemused restraint. Speaking to liga3-online, the club stated,

No one was injured, and that certainly also was not the intention of this action. Accordingly, we should ‘leave the church in the village.’

In other words, “not get carried away.” Of course, Jena acknowledged that throwing dead fish is “not exactly tasteful.”

Hansa Rostock previously bombarded Hanover fans with fish in 2005. The DFB has asked Rostock to give its official position on the matter and may be fined. Jena also may face a fine, since it is somewhat fishy that Rostock’s fans successfully smuggled their munition undetected through Jena’s security.

No word on the ultimate fate of the fish, but I leave you with this.

(Song at 2:01.)

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