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Hooligans should report to the police: Riksdag

Hooligans should report to the police: Riksdag

Published: 22 Jun 2011 17:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Jun 2011 17:06 GMT+02:00

On Wednesday the Riksdag voted in favour of the Social Democrats’ proposal that known hooligans should report to authorities prior to major sporting events.

But the minister for justice, Beatrice Ask, said that the decision was “very strange” as the bill pre-empts the completion of an ongoing investigation by newly appointed national coordinator for anti-hooliganism, Per Unckel.

“It is part of the national coordinator for anti-hooliganism’s job to propose further legislation, for example about report duty, if he feels that is the best and most efficient way forward,” Ask said to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) through her press secretary after the vote.

Unckel, who is also the county governor of Stockholm, has been given two years to prepare a proposal on how to deal with the situation.

But according to the Social Democrats two years is too long. They wanted the Riksdag to instruct the government to present a proposal for this autumn, so it will be in effect in time for next football season.

However, Lena Adelsohn Roth, minister for culture and sport, said new legislation isn't a good solution to hooligan violence when the issue was brought to the Riksdag by the Social Democrats.

"We have laws against what has happened in Sweden recently. The problem is that these are not enforced. Blacklisted fans still get into the stadiums,” she said to news agency TT at the time.

Adelsohn Roth said she shared the view of the clubs that the major problem today is the difficulty in identifying blacklisted fans and denying them entry to the events.

The Swedish Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) recently granted Stockholm club Djurgården’s request to allow them create an image bank of blacklisted fans to combat the problems.

In Wednesday’s vote, the Sweden Democrats made a u-turn and voted in favour of the proposal together with the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party, while the government alliance parties voted against.

The decision means that the Riksdag will now instruct the government to prepare a proposal on the issue. However, although the government isn’t ruling out the idea, they want to wait until Unckel’s investigation has been finished before taking any further steps.

Per Unckel is reportedly set to travel to Britain this autumn to study how the problems with hooliganism have been handled there.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:24 June 22, 2011 by janswed
I would assume all bankrobbers and rapists would also be required to register with the police aswell, this has to be some kind of comedy routine on Letterman or Jay Leno,you people are to much,God luve ya!
18:43 June 22, 2011 by Roy E
Reporting for hooligan duty, Sir!

Perhaps they should give them Hooligan ID cards also, so they can tell the difference between official hooligans, unofficial hooligans, professional hooligans, and amateur hooligans.

Silly season never ends, does it?
20:08 June 22, 2011 by Scott McCoy
My god,how stupid is this country or what..
01:21 June 23, 2011 by blursd
So, they're expecting those who have a penchant for breaking laws to operate on an "honor system." Good luck with that ...
14:54 June 23, 2011 by Kaethar
Lol at the British immigrants complaining considering this is an idea inspired by British practices.
01:35 June 24, 2011 by PonceDeLeon
Being the "good sport" that I am, I have dutifully registered as a law abiding hooligan and promise never stepforth into a "Soccer" errr fotbol stadium again... I Love this Country!!
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