Source: (2008) Report of the fifth conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Building restorative justice in Europe: cooperation between the public, policy makers, practitioners and researchers, Verona.

A tentative partnership between restorative justice and sports in Germany was forged back in 2006 when the German Soccer Federation was connected to a symposium on restorative justice in Berlin. Since then, mediation has offered a potential solution to the problems of vandalism and violence at sports events, problems that have traditionally been handled by so-called sports courts contained in the umbrella of sports organizations. Although funding may pose a problem, there is a definite potential future in an alliance between sports and restorative justice.