German police consider having NO officers at Bundesliga matches, according to leaked documents
Documents were published by German newspaper Bild
German authorities are considering a scheme that will see no police officers at Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 matches.
Leaked documents obtained by German newspaper Bild, authored by interior minister Ralf Jager, reveal that the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) interior ministry are considering the move to cut costs.
The scheme is not being used to improve fans' experience, but because of a lack of police funding in the region.
The NRW are believed to reviewing which games could possibly be used as a testing ground - games that have not seen any police interference in the last three seasons are those under consideration.
Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04, Borussia Monchengladbach and Cologne are all Bundesliga clubs who fall in the region.
The Bild report states that policing German matches costs around €50m annually.
A German government report in 2013 stated that hooliganism in Germany had reached a 12-year high, while a vote in December 2012 saw clubs opt for increased security in and around stadia.
When Bayern Munich met Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley there were a number of arrests and last season Der Spiegel carried a report that addressed the rise of right-wing extremists involved with hooligan groups.
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