Bild have revealed that a leaked document from the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) interior ministry, authored by interior minister Ralf Jäger, has revealed that a pilot scheme to have no police at football matches is being considered.
The scheme is not being discussed in order to help fans’ experience at games, rather because of a lack of fund of police in the region.
In an effort to cut costs, NRW are currently reviewing which games could be considered for the pilot, with matches in the top two flights of German football set to be used as the testing ground.
To qualify, matches between sides for the past three seasons need to have been played without any police interference.
Teams who maybe affected by this new scheme include Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Köln.
According to reports, the cost of having German police at football matches per year costs €50 million.