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Hooliganism on the rise, police say

The Local · 12 Apr 2011, 10:38

Published: 12 Apr 2011 10:38 GMT+02:00

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Police filed criminal charges against 6,043 fans of the country’s 36 professional clubs last year, according to a new report by the ZIS central information post for sports operations cited by daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

In nearly one in four of these cases, physical harm was a factor, the paper said. The number of injuries that happened around games in both leagues rose to 784 – the highest number in 12 years. In the previous season there were 579 injuries.

Property damage, disturbing the peace and civil disorder were also frequent violations.

According to police officials, the circle of “violent, violence-prone or violence-seeking fans” has grown significantly, the paper said. They estimate that current numbers of such fans have reached 8,765, about 855 more than last season.

Meanwhile the number of working hours police spend at football games has reached its highest level in 12 years, up 15 percent to register 1.76 million.

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These numbers would put the equivalent of 1,354 state and federal police on duty solely for football games, an expensive service for taxpayers, the paper said. The German Police Union (DPoIG) estimated that security at Bundesliga games cost €100 million in the 2009-2010 season.


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12:36 April 12, 2011 by ARSmith
I cannot say that I have had the best experiences with the police at football matches. They are pushy and act like dictators. If you are a visiting fan they have a far less level of tolerance, which for my favorite team 1. FCK, they have about zero tolerance. Although I am not a FC St. Pauil fan, I think the police and DFB are far too harsh on the Paulianers.
14:30 April 12, 2011 by whpmgr
i. FCK? Wow you must be a die hard fan. But (LOL) I lvoe them too since I have a connection with K-town. It is funny, the thing that made Europe great was the swing first ask questions later thing. It seems that people care too much about the police and how they do their job, but in the old days, they cracked heads and the good people never had to worry about having problems. Being a Good German meant not asking questions, not making trouble adn never looking them in the eye...you see, many things stayed the same after WWII. But, if they don't get tough, they will lose their place and the Hooligans will smell weakness and push back fast.

Crowd Control is very difficult. You ahve the pushers and the followers. If you can't control the tendencies and make the crowd afraid of perceived consequesnces, mob mentality comes out and then you have total Mayhem. OS, while it sucks to see pushy Polizists, if they weren't things might get worse.
15:38 April 12, 2011 by twisted
Ban soccer and learn real football.
22:47 April 12, 2011 by trash head
> Ban soccer and learn real football.

At least, its still played with feets here.
20:11 April 13, 2011 by Dartmoor
Its on the increase in England again.
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