Skepticism Of Proposed Security Concept Grows Among Germany's Pro Football Clubs
The resistance of Germany's professional football clubs "against a proposed security concept continues to grow," according to the DPA. Second Bundesliga clubs FC St. Pauli, Union Berlin and Hertha BSC have already publicly rejected the "Konzeptpapier Sicheres Stadionerlebnis" (draft paper safe stadium experience). In addition, "the skepticism in the Bundesliga also keeps growing." The security commission of the German Football League (DFL) "wants to analyze the feedback of all 36 Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga teams at its meeting on Monday in Frankfurt. In addition, the commission "will check if the proposed date for a decision in this matter, Dec. 12, is still feasible." The passage of the catalog of measures that was created following a security conference in Berlin and is supposed to take effect at the start of the '13-14 season "is questionable." In case of violations, the catalog "includes measures such as intensified stadium entry controls and a reduced amount of tickets for visiting fans." Eintracht Frankfurt CFO Axel Hellmann said, "I'm convinced that we have to rethink the schedule. There are also huge concerns on the part of the police." Hertha BSC said in a statement on its website "It cannot not approve the draft paper in its current form and the paper's depicted points as a whole due to a number of different reasons" (DPA, 10/21).