Sweden plans crackdown on sports hooligans
AFP · 8 Sep 2007, 12:23
Published: 08 Sep 2007 12:23 GMT+02:00
The government plans to appoint a special investigator to make a series of proposals in 2008, including giving police and prosecutors the right to independently ban troublemakers from sports arenas, Justice Minister Beatrice Ask and Sports Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth wrote.
Under current laws, prosecutors can only bar a person from a venue if a sporting club has requested a ban.
The ministers also said sporting clubs ought to be quicker to suspend supporters who violate public order regulations, and called for better controls at arena entrances to check fans and what they are bringing into the stadium.
The ministers also want sporting clubs to "examine the possibility of seeking civil damages from people whose actions hurt organisers."