Ahead of the second leg of the YB Champions League – Haifa at 9 p.m., Israeli fans will march through Berne. In the afternoon Haifa players can be found on the small hill.
Haifa fans storm Bernmobile buses.
Photo: Jörg Spoori
About six hours before kick-off, Maccabi Haifa players can be found in downtown Bern. From the Schweizerhof Hotel, where the Israeli team is staying, the soccer players stroll down the small hill, where they play in a circle. Everything happens under the protection of the police. And this is not only located near the players.
As reported by a local reporter, there is a large police presence at the entrance to the Aarbergergasse, including water cannons. Before the big game, the Bernese cantonal police closed all stations in the canton in order to have enough staff on site in Bern.
This afternoon, Haifa fans marched from the cage tower towards the Aarbergergasse.
Four Bernmobil buses have now arrived at the Aarbergergasse, taking Haifa fans to the stadium. Within a very short period of time, the fans on the buses were gone. They shout and keep singing at it. The buses are accompanied by eight vans of the Bernese cantonal police.
The Haifa masses took over the Aarbergergasse. Fireworks explode over and over again, and sometimes even bonfires are set. Fans chime in with cheers. raucous party. The police watched from a distance.