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Police arrest 200 football fans after riots

The Local · 21 Oct 2012, 14:33

Published: 21 Oct 2012 14:33 GMT+02:00

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Schalke claimed a rare victory which was over-shadowed by violent clashes in Dortmund between fans and police, with eight officers injured.

A total of 180 football fans were arrested, 163 from Schalke and 17 from Dortmund, with police seizing fireworks, pepper spray, reinforced gloves and other weapons. Fans also tore up paving stones to throw at officers and opposition fans.

The organised violence is of obvious concern ahead of Wednesday's Champions League group game between Real Madrid and the German champions in Dortmund.

"The level of violence was much more severe than in previous years," said Manfred Radecke from the Dortmund police. He added that the German Football Federation (DFB) would almost certainly be investigating the rioting.

"We have to plan for riots and deploy the correct number of officers and put a plan in place.

"But we hadn't expected that things would degenerate to such an extent and that we would need to use a water cannon and tear gas."

Police used tear gas to break up the melee when a 600-strong group of Schalke fans was attacked by masked Dortmund supporters on their way to the Signal Iduna Park stadium.

A water cannon was also used to prevent Schalke fans tearing down a fence near the stadium, while a restaurant near the ground was ransacked with Dortmund fans using the broken furnishings as weapons.

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"We don't regard these people as football fans," added Radecke. "They use every opportunity to play out their aggression and if police have to step in, they are happy to target them as well."

An under-17 match between Schalke and Dortmund took place on Sunday with a large increase in police numbers.


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Your comments about this article

21:54 October 21, 2012 by lucksi
We need to ban flashmobs because some people riot there and it's totally the fault of the organiser, same goes for facebook parties that get out of hand. But soccer riots are fine.
23:26 October 21, 2012 by coffmap8
Klopp is t blame he is so nasty and wants everyone involved !
07:18 October 22, 2012 by Hendrich Stein
My goodness, this must come to an end at once.

It will be an international disgrace, making us looking like Barbarians! For shame!
12:18 October 22, 2012 by mcjazz
Having competition sports in schools where children learn sportsmanship will change the overall football atmosphere. By the time players and fans are adults this problem wont exist...probably only in isolated cases...When the police bring more forces things will most likely escalate. The thinking pattern of the game is distorted..Sports are to be enjoyed..When you lose...OK good game ..See you next match....This kind of violence has no place in sports...

20:45 October 22, 2012 by Englishted

Rubbish ,this has nothing to do with the match as it happened before the game ,

it is "local "rivalry between testosterone rich young men showing bravado,it happens the world over in many different sports .

And in England the do or did play sports in school,they will grow out of it but the next generation will do the same but maybe at a different venue.
08:02 October 23, 2012 by mcjazz
If you dont change anything guess what???you guessed it ..nothing will change so in that fact Í agree with you about the next generation...unfortunately you are very quick to refute my idea but yet you offer no solution....they need solutions that change the thinking ....remember these individuals come to these football games with expectations of some form of violence....even the fans that come to enjoy the game expect to witness some form of violence....If you check you will find that it is here in europe where this type of behavior surrounds football...although there are always some isolated incidences in other countries........

I stand on my idea...

Teach the children violence has noplace in sports and you will see this barbaric testossterone levels dropp tremedously................
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