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Hessian official wants alcohol ban during football matches

The Local · 20 Jun 2011, 13:38

Published: 20 Jun 2011 13:38 GMT+02:00

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“Consumption must be drastically reduced because it makes the fans completely uninhibited,” Interior Minister Boris Rhein, told Bild newspaper on Monday. “I therefore believe that an alcohol ban in football stadiums and on public transport makes sense."

Rhein didn’t offer a concrete plan to realize his idea. But it comes just a few months after police reported that German football hooliganism is on the rise – although they did not specify whether the increase was related to alcohol consumption.

Officials reported in April that authorities filed criminal charges against 6,043 fans last year and physical harm was a factor in almost a quarter of the cases. Police also said that the number of “violent, violence-prone or violence-seeking fans has grown to 8,765, an increase of 855 over the previous season.

Authorities have tried in the past to tighten laws against public drinking in Germany – where young people can often be seen walking the streets with bottle in hand.

But attempted bans have generally been challenged legally or ignored altogether.

In his interview with Bild, Rhein also warned against so-called “ultras,” the football super-fans who are often blamed for promoting hooliganism at games.

“The ultras cultivate a cult of masculinity, maintain strong homophobia, glorify violence and love public provocation,” Rhein said.

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Your comments about this article

15:00 June 20, 2011 by adipk
GO GO i am with you.
16:10 June 20, 2011 by The-ex-pat
First to admit I like a beer, but have you ever tried to take a child to a football game, a concert or the Kirmis, there are always people who seem to think that any event is an excuse to get drunk. I support him, but I think as usual the chances of this getting anywhere is nil, just like the smoking ban!
16:16 June 20, 2011 by auniquecorn
OK, and then what an alcohol ban at the Octoberfest?
16:34 June 20, 2011 by lunchbreak
Good luck with that Herr Rhein! LOL
17:10 June 20, 2011 by DOZ
Good, make Germany ready for when the Muslims finally have control over Europe.
17:53 June 20, 2011 by Englishted
Crack down on dangerous driving by banning cars.

Rhein also warned against so-called ¦quot;ultras,¦quot; the football super-fans who are often blamed for promoting hooliganism at games.

Just goes to show what he knows "ultras" comes from ultraviolence in the book clockwork orange.
19:02 June 20, 2011 by farmon
Agree with you DOZ. This is so anti German.
20:07 June 21, 2011 by freechoice
Why can't man screams and go crazy without alcohol?
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