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SBD Global/July 24, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

DOSB Joins Criticism Of New Law Requiring DFL To Contribute Toward Security Costs

Bremen's Weser Stadium will not host the Germany-Gibraltar Euro 2016 qualifier.
The German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) "has also threatened consequences after the 'heavily criticized law proposal' of the Bremen State Senate against the German Football League (DFL)," according to the SID. DOSB President Alfons Hörmann said, "We also will have to consider what consequences [the law] will have on our cooperation with the state of Bremen. Despite the fact that it targets football, I would like to avoid Bremen when possible." The Bremen state government on Tuesday "passed a law requiring the DFL to contribute toward costs for police operations at the Weser Stadium as early as this year." Hörmann: "I view it as an attack on all sports. It will only be a matter of time until other sporting events will be questioned too" (SID, 7/23).

KEEP OUT!: BILD reported the German Football Federation (DFB) "decided to strip Bremen of hosting the Euro 2016 qualification match between Germany and Gibraltar on Nov. 14." The decision "was made in talks between the DFB and the management of Bundesliga club Werder Bremen." The reason behind the move "is Bremen's proposed new law." Werder Bremen GM Thomas Eichin said, "We can understand the DFB's reaction." Bremen "will likely not host a national team game over the next several years" (BILD, 7/23).
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