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'Treat hooligans like wife beaters': coordinator

'Treat hooligans like wife beaters': coordinator

Published: 26 Jun 2012 10:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Jun 2012 10:18 GMT+02:00

On Tuesday the national coordinator for sports related crime, Björn Eriksson, slammed the Riksdag’s proposal that known hooligans should report to authorities prior to major sporting events, in an opinion piece in national newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

“Restricting a citizen’s freedom of movement must be in proportion to the need or the result one wants to achieve. If it is possible to achieve what is sought by less invasive means, those avenues need to be explored first,” Eriksson wrote in DN.

The proposal that known hooligans report to the police prior to games was suggested by the Social Democrats during spring 2011, after a spate of hooligan related incidents had swept the Swedish sporting world.

The Riksdag subsequently voted through the proposal in June 2011, but the government were awaiting investigations into the matter before committing to new legislation regarding sport related crime.

But having hooligans report to authorities is no realistic solution in the fight against anti-hooliganism, according to Eriksson, who favours an increased use of restraining orders, combined with electronic tagging.

”There is an established legal framework to support this. The legislation is currently being used against men who beat up their women,” Eriksson wrote.

The duty to report to authorities prior to sporting events would not only be a serious infringement on citizens’ freedom to move around but would also create a huge amount of extra work for the police, argued Eriksson.

“A Djurgården supporter could be banned from both football and ice hockey. That would mean 55 games in hockey, not counting the final and the qualifiers, as well as 30 games for football apart from the cup and qualifiers. It isn’t just a lot of reporting for the individual but also for the police station where the individual must report,” Eriksson wrote.

Chairman of the Swedish Football Association, Karl-Erik Nilsson, is in favour of Eriksson’s proposal of a combined restraining order and electronic tagging.

“I think that this is a good suggestion. Björn Eriksson has been involved in this question for a long time now. A harsher restraining order combined with registration of hooligans feels like just the ticket. The Association is behind this,” he said to news agency TT.

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10:50 June 26, 2012 by StockholmSam
Imagine if 50 hooligans on the watch list showed up to the police station just before every game. Not only would the paperwork be ridiculous and tie up resources that could be better spent fighting crime in the streets, but I would not be surprised if a riot broke out now and then.
11:29 June 26, 2012 by Abe L
I think we learned from WW2 that registering people for any purpose is a bad idea.

Instead they should just treat hooligans breaking the law like any other criminal. Arrest them, prosecute them and throw them in jail for multiple years. There is absolutely no reason to create special arrangements for different types of criminals.

Minor violations can be solved with significant financial penalties (ie. half an annual salary) and everything else should require jail time. Proper punishment solves these problems not bs registration arrangements that have a 1000 and 1 ways to be circumvented.
15:20 June 26, 2012 by John.Smith
Put them all into the same stadium and let them beat 6 shades shades of poo out of each other... last man standing gets to register at the police station.
20:39 June 26, 2012 by Liquidmonkey
hooligans are criminals and they should be treated as such. period.

use cameras to prosecute, fine and / or jail them.

its a shame the full extent of the law is not used in this example as its getting out of control all over the world.
08:50 June 27, 2012 by donfabricio
Another copy and paste policy stolen from the UK. Unlike previous policies, this one is actually working quite beautifully over there thank you very much.
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