Schalke, Dortmund condemn weekend violence

Bitter German rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke have issued a

joint condemnation of rioting before this past weekend’s Bundesliga

match between the clubs.

About 200 people were detained following the violence ahead of

Saturday’s derby between defending champion Dortmund and local

rival Schalke.

The clubs said in a joint statement Monday that the a few

hundred violent supporters ”abused” the match and ”knowingly

endangered the safety of the overwhelmingly peaceful majority of

fans and the security forces.”

The two clubs say they will analyze the weekend’s events along

with police. Schalke security chief Volker Fuerderer says they have

a ”responsibility to consider new conceptual approaches.”

Schalke won the match in Dortmund 2-1.