The Straits Times
Published on Nov 29, 2012

Ssssssh! German football fans stage silent protest


BERLIN (AFP) - German fans have reacted against a controversial security proposal, which will see a ban on standing and a cut in ticket availability, by staging silent protests at stadiums across the country.

On Tuesday night, the first wave of nationwide protests was launched at first and second Bundesliga grounds against the German Football League's (DFL) "Safe Stadium Experience" paper.

Especially at the four top-flight grounds used in Dortmund, Hanover, Hamburg and Frankfurt, the terraces fell silent at kick-off as the first 12 minutes and 12 seconds of each game was played largely in silence.

Once the set time expired, the terraces erupted into a wall of noise from flag-waving fans - and organisers plan to make sure the same happens at grounds across Germany over the next two weekends.