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Clubs will be held accountable for fans

The government yesterday announced a series of measures designed to curb hooliganism by making soccer and basketball clubs accountable for the behavior of their fans. These steps, presented by Deputy Public Order Minister Evangelos Malesios, target visiting fans who belong to organized fan associations and who often use transport paid for by the sports clubs. The measures include the obligation, by the clubs and associations, to provide the police with detailed passenger lists and, in case of bus travel, bus license plates; informing police authorities of the time and route fans will take; and appointing a person as mission head. The police must see to it that the fans enter and leave the sports venue safely. Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis added that the police force will no longer be required to keep order at amateur matches.