German football violence on the rise again

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German police say fan violence in the top two football divisions has reached a 12-year high.

A report issued Monday says 1,142 people were injured last season, a jump of 120 percent over the average for the last 12 years. In the previous season, police reported 846 injuries.

Authorities initiated 8,143 criminal investigations, a 40 percent increase over the previous season.

Police say 16,500 potentially violent fans are registered for the top four divisions, a jump of 10 percent.

The German Football League said clubs, fans, police and politicians should start a dialogue to find practical solutions.