Dortmund urge fans to end security protests

KAROLOS GROHMANN
Last updated 07:43 19/12/2012

Relevant offers

Football

A-League prepares for thrilling finish as five clubs jostle for top billing Teenager Clayton Lewis poised to make All Whites debut against South Korea in Seoul Sydney FC's Shane Smeltz cops three-match ban after lashing out at Ben Sigmund Germany and Portugal get back on track in 2016 European Championship qualifying France recover from Brazil defeat with 2-0 home win over Denmark in friendly All Whites star Winston Reid says 2010 World Cup "changed my life" Ireland substitue Shane Long denies Poland victory with injury-time leveller Football Ferns braced for cauldron as massive crowd looms for US game Wellington Phoenix suffer heavy 3-0 loss to Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium in Wellington Auckland City book place in ASB Premiership grand final with 7-1 aggregate win over Waitakere United

Holders Borussia Dortmund have urged fans to avoid protests over a new league security plan when they take on Hanover 96 in their German Cup round of 16 tie.

Many Bundesliga fans, angry with the newly-approved tighter security rules in and around stadiums that they say are spoiling the experience, have protested by staying silent for the opening 12 minutes of dozens of games in recent weeks.

"We know that protests are planned among some fans for the game against Hanover," Dortmund said on Tuesday in a letter signed by captain Sebastian Kehl, coach Juergen Klopp, sports director Michael Zorc and chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

"But we also know that many fans will be supporting us. We ask you not to allow trenches to be dug within the fan community and between you and us.

"We have accepted and respected your fears and concerns that triggered the protests in recent weeks. It was not easy playing football in these conditions."

Dortmund, who also defended their Bundesliga title last season, have an average attendance of 80,000 which is the second highest in Europe behind Barcelona.

"So we want to ask you, BVB fans, to support us again tomorrow. Loud. Unconditionally. Patient. Just like we know you. Even for 120 minutes if needed," the letter added.

The German football league (DFL) and the 36 clubs from the top two divisions voted last week in favour of tougher stadium checks, an increased crackdown as well as sanctions for flares and smoke bombs, video monitoring, and better-trained security staff.

German football is struggling to contain growing fan violence.

A report last month said the 2011-12 season had the highest number of criminal proceedings in 12 years, almost double the amount of injured fans and a more than 20 percent rise in police work hours from the previous season.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content