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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
German clubs vote for standing

ESPN staff

A meeting of German professional football clubs in Frankfurt has decided to retain standing terraces in football stadia.

The German Football Association (DFB) and German Football League (DFL) invited representatives of all clubs in the top three divisions for talks on how to deal with ever increasing incidents of violence within the stadiums.

The clubs voted against the introduction of all-seater stadia, instead looking at other measures to lessen violence and the use of fireworks and flares.

"German football is a model of success and it should remain that way in the future,'' said DFL president Dr Reinhard Rauball in a statement.

"We can be proud of our fan culture of standing terraces, which is steeped in tradition, and moderate ticket prices. We want to protect this situation."

Stricter punishments will be introduced, with the clubs responsible for identifying trouble makers, whilst those caught lighting fireworks will be banned from future matches.

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