St. Pauli successfully appeals fan ban
St. Pauli has successfully appealed against playing its next home Bundesliga match in an empty stadium, after presenting its case to the German football federation's sport tribunal on Thursday.
The Hamburg club was due to play fellow relegation candidate Werder Bremen without any fans on Easter Sunday, after one of its fans hit a linesman with a full plastic beer cup in a league game against Schalke on April 1. The match was abandoned in the 87th minute and Schalke, leading 2-0, was awarded the win.
St. Pauli argued the spectator ban was too harsh and that it also punished its rival.
The court instead ordered the club to play its first home game of the new season at least 50 kilometers (30 miles) away.
St. Pauli, whose coach Holger Stanislawski is leaving after 18 years at the club, is second from bottom with five games left to play.
''This is phenomenal,'' Stanislawski said. ''It's called fair play. We're really delighted that we can host this season's last two home matches before a home crowd.''