Posted: Wednesday December 12, 2012 10:02 AM

German clubs adopt contested security charter

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -German football clubs have adopted new security measures that include stiffer controls outside stadiums and possible body searches in an attempt to fight growing fan violence.

The measures have been contested by fan groups and about 400 supporters of different clubs staged a peaceful protest outside the meeting in a Frankfurt hotel.

For several weeks, fans at German stadiums have remained silent for the first 12 minutes and 12 seconds of all games, in reference to the measures being adopted on Wednesday's date.

The German Football League (DFL) adopted the new controls under pressure from lawmakers, who had threatened to impose their own security measures unless the game reacted to violence.

DLF president Reinhard Rauball said the measures will preserve the "fan culture'' at German stadiums, which are generally modern and safe.
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