Hanover - German football authorities are to review
security for matches throughout the country following the Paris attacks and a
terror alert which forced the cancellation of the international friendly
against the Netherlands in Hanover.
The weekend Bundesliga programme which begins Friday evening will not be
affected and will go ahead with no changes to the schedule, the German Football
League (DFL) confirmed Wednesday.
Local security authorities will decide on what additional security measures
might be necessary for each game and remain in close cooperation with the
respective clubs, a statement said.
"We have great confidence in the security authorities at federal and state
level," Reinhard Rauball, the acting German football federation (DFB) and
DFL president, said.
Rauball, also president of Borussia Dortmund, who play at SV Hamburg on Friday
evening, said football did not want "to yield to terror" but
"the protection of human life has to have the highest priority."
Officials are appealing on fans not to bring fireworks or fire crackers into
stadiums. Players at all first and second division games will wear black
armbands. A minute's silence will be held before each game in remembrance of
the victims of the Paris terror attacks.
Six matches on Saturday include the early evening kick-off between Schalke and
champions Bayern Munich, while two matches are scheduled for Sunday.
Several clubs have already said security will be heightened for the games.
Rainer Koch, the DFB's co-interim president, said German football and
organizers of other major events would need to assess security in view of the
"We have to prepare ourselves accordingly and be aware that this is a
dangerous situation," he said.
German national team players went home late Tuesday following the cancellation
of their friendly against the Dutch, the latest shock for the world champions
following Friday's series of terror attacks in Paris.
The players were on their way to the stadium when the match was cancelled. The
German team had on Friday spent the night in the Stade de France north of Paris
following their friendly against France. Before the game they had to evacuate
their hotel in Paris following a bomb threat.
In a growing debate on security, Hanover president Martin Kind called on the
DFL to lead the way in organizing a unified concept for all Bundesliga clubs.
The terror attacks "will change football and present us with new
challenges," he said.
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told dpa there was "no alternative"
to continuing with games at the weekend. "We have to show moral courage
and should not capitulate," he said.
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm said he would not be intimidated by terror
"At the weekend I won't have any different feeling than I usually have
when I enter the stadium," he said in German newspaper interviews.
"You can't protect yourself from everything. If I thought like that I'd
end up not doing anything more in life."
Police union chief Rainer Wendt said the decision to call off Germany's match
in Hanover did not mean a greater threat was posed for Bundesliga matches.
"As a result of the situation in general some things have already been put
into place whether visible or not," he said.
"Bundesliga games and the complete matchday programme can be mastered by
Sports organizers elsewhere are also reviewing security but are not planning to
call off events.
The boxing programme in Hanover Saturday including the bout between Germany's
WBO champion Arthur Abraham and Martin Murray of Britain will go ahead as
planned, as will the five-day German Masters international indoor riding and
show jumping event beginning Wednesday in Stuttgart