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Football tournament scrapped after fans riot

The Local · 7 Jan 2012, 12:19

Published: 07 Jan 2012 12:19 GMT+01:00

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The tournament's organizers wrote on their website that they couldn't guarantee a safe environment and were thus canceling the Saturday event.

Both fans and the police were injured in the brawl, although precise numbers were unavailable.

The incident started around 7 p.m. when fans of VfB Lübeck and FC St. Pauli got involved in a huge confrontation that turned violent. There were some 200 police officers involved in trying to separate the two sides.

At first the football match continued, but in the second half, the clashes became so hefty that spectators began leaving the stadium and the match was halted. It took several hours to get the situation under control.

“We had a situation in which a large number of very aggressive FC St. Pauli fans continued to seek out confrontations throughout the entire stadium, including with the police,” Robert Golz, the match operations director told Sky Sport News. Police used clubs and tear gas to get the situation under control, he said, adding a number of people “not involved (with the rioting) were injured from pepper spray."

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An eye witness said, “It was at times very intense, how children and their parents didn’t know where they should go. We weren’t supposed to go either outside or upstairs and everywhere people were running. It was quite shocking."

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13:20 January 7, 2012 by twisted
1. All security issues (police, private security, ambulance, etc.) should be the financial responsibility of the home team.

2. All arrested fans should be barred from future games for two years minimum and for life for second offense.

3. Ticket holders should be refunded the purchase price as they did not get what they paid for.

4. If teams cannot control their fans or obtain the support of their fans, teams should be suspended from the league(s).

Frankly, professional sports (which is really a misnomer as they are really businesses) should be banned in general. Tickets cost too much, players are spoiled and overpaid and the owners, frankly, constantly rip off their fans. I, for one, do not and will not attend any "professional sporting events." Besides, one can usually see it a lot better on TV, not that fussball is worth watching.
17:52 January 7, 2012 by nemo999
Another piece of evidence to indicate that some portion of the German Population (young adult males) really need to get a life.
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