It was supposed to be a football festival. The 336th Vienna Derby between Austria Vienna and Rapid Vienna ended in a 1:1 draw. It was the fourth draw in a row between Austria and Rapid. The rivalry between the fan scenes is well known. But on Sunday there was a homophobic scandal. First there were homophobic chants, then you saw banners with the inscription “Gay FAK”. It’s not the first time that Rapid and Austria supporters have caused a stir with scandalous banners. In December 2019, at the 330th Vienna Derby, Austria fans hoisted a flag reminiscent of the Reich War Flag, which in Austria falls under the Reactivation Act.
But also from the Austria sector “gay SCR” calls could be heard. In addition, there were unsightly scenes after the game, according to the police. Both fan groups fought violent clashes. Police say four people have been reported injured so far. In a broadcast, however, the executive emphasized: “The police were deployed with sufficient officers so that the fulfillment of traffic police and security duties could be guaranteed.”
The Vienna police advanced with a large contingent. In order to be able to intervene in an emergency, even water cannons and a dog squadron were ordered to Vienna – Favorites. Already in the run-up there was a massive use of pyrotechnics. When arriving by public transport, a Wiener Linien subway driver was even spat on and a can thrown at him, according to the police.