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Nov 27, 2012

Fans to protest over DFL proposals

Bundesliga fans will protest against the DFL paper Safe Stadium experience until the draft is put to a vote on December 12.

The 12:12 fan movement has called for a coordinated silence during the first 12 minutes and 12 seconds of every Bundesliga and Bundesliga II game right up until the deadline.

The paper wants to reduce away support from currently 10% of all tickets to 5% of all tickets and also includes a ban on away standing. Put into action German football fans could also face strict full body scans when entering a stadium.

"We want to visualise what would happen if we weren't there," campaign spokesman Philipp Markhardt explained speaking to SID. "We want to show the people are against that paper."

Another campaign spokesman, Oliver Ricken, of Borussia Dortmund fan group The Unity said the fans were hoping for a bombshell. "At the beginning of the game the fans will be silent in all stadiums. If that works out, there is no better signal," Ricken told DerWesten.

"We want to clarify the majority of the fans does not want to be bossed around anymore. With this concrete action we want the delegates during the DFL meeting on December 12 to back down and to dismiss the draft. We want a fair dialogue on eye level and the acceptance of the fans as part of the solution and not as an interfering element."

In the meantime the "I feel safe" campaign that started in October has already gathered over 57,000 signatures. The campaign, also directed against the DFL paper, wants to show the majority of the fans feel safe inside the Bundesliga stadiums despite media reports claiming this was not the case.

Speaking to FAZ on Tuesday the 12:12 campaign got unusual support from Hannover 96 president Martin Kind. "We should continue this dialogue," Kind said.

"And question whether December 12 is the right date to decide. I am not sure, if that date makes sense." But Kind also warned that football had to find the solutions: "The alternative would be to let politics make the rules," Kind said. "That would mean defeat."

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