Security to be tightened at German stadiums

The DFL has passed measures to help stop the recent rise of supporter misconduct, and the governing body's president, Reinhard Rauball, feels the game will benefit
The German Football League (DFL) and clubs from the top two divisions have agreed on divisive security measures following the recent rise in fan misconduct.

The governing body and 36 teams voted on Wednesday for stricter stadium checks, a crackdown on flares and smoke bombs, and a limit on tickets for away fans.

Recent matches such as the Ruhr derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, and Hannover's DFB-Pokal cash with Dynamo Dresden, were marred by violence, and DFL president Reinhard Rauball believes the game will benefit from the measure.

"Professional football is coming out as a winner today," he told reporters.

"All 16 points were accepted with a wide majority."

The proposed changes have been met with widespread protests across Germany, but the 65-year-old is confident that they will not dilute the stadium-going experience.

"This is not a decision against fans but a decision in favour of football and its future," he added.