BERLIN - Hertha Berlin were fined 50,000 euros and will only have only 25,000 fans in the stadium for their game against VfB Stuttgart as part of a punishment for crowd trouble, the German football federation said on Wednesday.
Around 150 people stormed on to the pitch when bottom-placed Hertha conceded a late goal to lose 2-1 to relegation-threatened Nuremberg last week, putting their top-flight survival in doubt.
Armed with steel bars, the fans destroyed team benches and advertising panels as players and coaches from both sides fled into the changing rooms before police pushed the spectators back into the stands.
"Hertha can only have 25,000 tickets for their fans in their home game against Stuttgart (on April 10)...and must also pay 50,000 euros to a fan project in the Berlin region," the DFB said.
Hertha, who accepted the verdict, are bottom of the standings on 18 points, five off the relegation play-off spot, with seven matches left.